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Coverage for Lyme disease treatment debated before lawmakers

Individuals convinced that insurers are denying adequate coverage for Lyme disease faced off against business groups seeking to keep health care costs down, with...

Federal judge hears arguments in Wampanoag bingo case

A federal judge on Wednesday declined to immediately rule on arguments presented by the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) and the groups...

Parents, doctors debate merits of mandatory vaccination

Bay State parents can opt their children out of vaccination requirements by claiming they conflict with "sincere religious beliefs," an exemption parents lobbied to...

Federal government set to auction wind area south of Vineyard in January

Four leases for 742,000 acres of sea south of Martha's Vineyard — an area roughly the size of Rhode Island — will be put...

Unemployment bill would raise rates for seasonal businesses

Aiming to stabilize business costs for the next few years and provide rate relief to employers with good employee retention records, the Senate passed...

Flood zone changes soak state residents with higher insurance costs

Changes to flood zones have reached farther inland, and rates for insurance coverage have risen steeply. So, more property owners must pay more for insurance.

State Senator Dan Wolf to quit legislature, governor’s race

The founder of Cape Air criticized an Ethics Commission ruling that, he said, left him no good choice

AG Martha Coakley calls for FAIR plan cut

Martha's Vineyard home owners who rely on the home insurer of last resort could see rates rise by as much as 9.9 percent.

State Health Council adopts medical marijuana rules

Less than five months after the law was enacted, state regulators have adopted regulations that will govern who can use, grow, and sell medical marijuana.

DYS takes aim at jail sentences for juveniles

Youth Services chief Dolan says he wants "the right youths in the right place for the right reasons."

State authority preps for Obamacare rollout

The timeline is laid out, and the state's health care connector authority hopes to start offering Affordable Care Act-compliant plans one year from now.

Mass solon asks for funds to combat invasive bugs

Senator Bruce Tarr told lawmakers the spotted wing drosophila, and the brown marmorated stink bug pose a risk to farmers.

Cape and Islands senator endorses single-payer health care

Five years after redrawing the lines in the national health care debate, Beacon Hill is looking at new reforms, closely studying payment system plans to lower costs and examining a government-controlled single-payer model.