Special Commission to Investigate and Study the Laws Relative to Non-profit Hospital and Medical Service Corporations and the Rising Cost of Hospital and Medical Care and Hospital Accommodations records, 1961-1963.


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, 1961-1963.
Physical Desc
2 boxes (1 linear foot)


Organization & arrangement of materials
The papers are arranged in two series: Series 1. Background Information and Series II. Hearing Testimonies.
Restrictions on Access
This collection is open for research during the Special Collections Department's regular hours.
The collection consists primarily of transcripts of the 20 hearings held by the commission and its two sub-committees: the Sub-Committee on Blue Cross-Blue Shield Laws and the Sub-Committee on Hospital Operations. The hearings began on January 21, 1963 and ended on October 29, 1963. The collection also contains general background information submitted to the commission and a copy of the commission's Final Report (S. 958 of 1964).
Preferred Citation of Described Materials
Folder Title, Box Number. Special Commission on Laws and Costs of Hospitals and Medical Services Records. State Library of Massachusetts Special Collections.
Biographical or Historical Data
The Special Commission was established by Chapter 120 of the Resolves of 1962, and it was revived and continued by Chapter 1 of the Resolves of 1963. The scope of the Commission was expanded by Chapter 112 of the Resolves of 1963, and it was again revived and continued by Chapters 2 and 29 of the Resolves of 1964. The Special Commission was intended to continue the work of two previous commissions. The first, established in 1949, made an investigation and study relative to non-profit hospital service corporations and subsequently made recommendations that led to changes in the General Laws concerning non-profit service corporations. The second, established in 1957, investigated and studied the management and operation of and a proposed increase in premiums by Blue Cross and Blue Shield and subsequently made a recommendation to continue the study further. The Special Commission consisted of 11 members, including two from the Senate, three from the House of Representatives, the Commissioner of Insurance or his designee, the director of Hospital Costs and Finances, a designee from the Group Insurance Commission, and three persons appointed by the Governor. Following its establishment, the Commission set up two sub-committees representing the two major fields of inquiry specified in the Resolves: the Sub-Committee on Blue Cross-Blue Shield Laws and the Sub-Committee on Hospital Operations. To give all interested parties the opportunity to express their views, the Commission held 20 public hearings, resulting in 3,204 pages of testimony. The Commission issued an Interim Report (S. 634 of 1963) and a Final Report (S. 958 of 1964). The Final Report summarized the findings of the Special Commission and made recommendations for change, including text for proposed legislation.
Cumulative Index/Finding Aids
Guide available in the Special Collections Department and online.

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