Meeting Scheduled for MA Health Regulators to Discuss Steward Health – NBC Boston

State health regulators are set to discuss the decision by Steward Health Care to sell its physician network in Massachusetts on Thursday. Steward is looking to sell the network to OptumCare, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group. This proposal has faced criticism from Sen. Elizabeth Warren and House Speaker Ron Mariano.

Steward Health Care is facing financial difficulties that could jeopardize multiple hospitals in Massachusetts. Governor Maura Healey described the company as a “house of cards and a charade” and criticized the for-profit healthcare system, which is one of the state’s largest employers.

The Health Policy Commission meeting on Thursday will also address the establishment of a 2025 healthcare cost growth benchmark. State health officials received notifications last month about the proposed sale of Stewardship Health Inc. and the contracting Steward Health Care Network to OptumCare. Stewardship Health Inc. is the parent company of Stewardship Health Medical Group Inc., which employs primary care physicians and clinicians in nine states.

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