Monthly Archives: May 2005

“Citizens Health Care Working Group” Coming to Boston on 8/16/05

Here’s something new. Sen. Ron Wyden from Oregon last year championed the passage of legislation to create a Citizens Health Care Working Group to “provide for a nationwide public debate about improving the health care system to provide every American … Continue reading

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A Waiting List Is Born — MassHealth Essential Closes the Door

This week will mark the official closing of eligibility for the part of MassHealth known as MassHealth Essential, which will reach its statutory enrollment cap of about 43,000 poor, long term unemployed individuals. The State will begin collecting names on … Continue reading

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Rant Alert! The Federal Medicaid Commission Fraud

Back in March, bipartisan groups of US senators and reps called for a commission to study ways to achieve savings rather than cutting Medicaid by $16 billion over 5 years, as Pres. Bush and Republican leaders in the Senate and … Continue reading

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Health Care and the American Dream

HCFA Board President Chip Joffe Halpern has written another keeper article in his series for the North Adams Transcript. Here’s how it starts: Americans are consistently inconsistent when it comes to their attitudes toward health care. This observation, from a … Continue reading

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The Health Care Movement Was on Display Last Night at Temple Israel

ast night, about 1,000 persons attended a health care action rally organized by the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, backed more than 65 churches, synagogues, temples and other organizations. The rally was held at Temple Israel in Boston and was noteworthy … Continue reading

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Around the Nation, States Are Active

Spent yesterday in Washington DC catching up on health reform activities around in other states around the nation. Some tidbits: In Maine, the Dirigo health reform plan is being implemented, though national conservative groups such as the Heritage Foundation and … Continue reading

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New Report on National Health Reform — How to Save $182B over 10 Years

A new report on reforming the nation’s health care system projects savings as much as $182 billion annually within 10 years, according to an analysis released May 23 by a coalition of businesses, unions, consumer groups, and health care providers. … Continue reading

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