- Associated Press - Thursday, October 6, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - State officials say total health care expenses in Massachusetts last year increased more than previously reported.

The Center for Health Information and Analysis said Thursday that total spending on health care - both public and private - rose in 2015 by 4.1 percent over the previous year.

In its annual report last month, the center pegged the increase at 3.9 percent. Officials say the revision is the result of a “material correction” in Harvard Pilgrim’s data submission.

Both the revised and original growth rates exceed the 3.6 percent benchmark that was established under the state’s health care cost containment law. The growth rate far exceeded the overall 2015 inflation rate of .06 percent.

The report did identify some encouraging signs, including a moderation in spending by the state’s Medicaid program.

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