- Associated Press - Monday, September 29, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - A final decision on a revised agreement between Attorney General Martha Coakley and Partners HealthCare won’t come down until after the election.

A Suffolk Superior Court judge on Monday set a hearing date of Nov. 10, in part to allow 21 days of public comment on the amended deal over the company’s plans to acquire Hallmark Health Centers.

Judge Janet Sanders said she has “very substantial concerns” about the deal.

Under the deal, Partners has agreed to cap prices at Hallmark for 6 1/2 years if it acquires the company, which owns Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital.

Partners also agreed to maintain current psychiatric and behavioral health services at its Hallmark and North Shore facilities.

Coakley, a Democrat running for governor, has been criticized Republican candidate Charlie Baker, who said the deal is too complex.


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