Monthly Archives: May 2005

This Week’s Highlight — Thursday Evening at Temple Israel in Boston

This Thursday evening from 7-9pm at Temple Israel in Boston (Riverway and Longwood Avenue) the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) hosts a public meeting on health reform in Massachusetts. GBIO is a grassroots, church/synagogue/temple based social justice organization with a … Continue reading

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Clueless — Part III — Is this the End?

For an amusing take on the Romney Administration’s “tough love” on hospital billing, check out Blue Mass Group by clicking here.

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Clueless at the Top — Part II — HCFA Responds to Boston Globe Article

Here’s the text of a letter published in today’s Boston Globe in response to comments by Gov. Romney’s aide on hospital billing practices (see May 18 post): TIM MURPHY, Governor Romney’s policy director, has said that hospitals should be more … Continue reading

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Stupid and Smart Health Reform

Stupid: The trend in health care is clear — make consumers pay more for everything everywhere. Copayments, deductibles, premiums and more. A new study from the Center for Studying Health System Change provides a good window into the way this … Continue reading

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Clueless at the Top — Romney and Medical Debt

Governor Romney’s chief health policy advisor, Tim Murphy is quoted in a front page Boston Globe story as berating hospitals for not pursuing more aggressively patients with unpaid medical bills. Murphy describes hospital practices as “passive” and suggests the Governor … Continue reading

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Who Will Be in Charge at EOHHS and the Senate Steps Up to the Plate

This blog was the first to break the news (eee May 5 posting) that State Health & Human Services Secretary Ron Preston would be leaving his post in the summer. Now we’re the first (as far as I’ve seen) to … Continue reading

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Coming Up This Week — The Senate Shows Their Budget Cards

On Tuesday, State Senate Ways and Means Chair Therese Murray will release the Senate leadership’s version of the FY06 state budget. It will be debated in the Senate beginning next Monday, going for two, three or four days most likely. … Continue reading

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