New study predicts how much Question 1 would cost state-wide

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There’s a lot of concern over the cost of approving Question 1 on the November Ballot. 

The state’s Health Policy Commission released the details of their study on Wednesday, intensifying the debate between supporters and opponents of Question 1. 

According to the study, Question One could cost between $676 million and $949 million a year. Their study also found that more than 2500 full-time nurses would have to be hired to meet the new staffing mandates. 

Health Policy Commission chairman Stuart Altman said the HPC’s analysis wasn’t intended to sway voters, and the commission has actively avoided political fights over ballot question. ‘Yes on 1’ campaign leaders said the review’s data was inconsistent, calling on the HPC to focus on the current issues surrounding patient safety.

Question 1 Supporters are also saying the HPC’s decision to conduct the study displayed a bias against Question 1.

If Question 1 were to pass, the commission said some hospitals could choose to lower profit margins, while others could try to negotiate higher reimbursements, which could lead to higher insurance premiums. 

The commission has defended their research, saying it was conducted independently, and the figures were on the conservative side. 

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