Monthly Archives: October 2005

The House Health Reform Bill — Summary Judgments

On Monday, the House rolls out its long-awaited version of health care reform. In brief, the Health Care Financing Committee and House Leadership have done a first-rate job drawing from all three major proposals (ACT Coalition/MassACT, Gov. Romney, Sen. Pres. … Continue reading

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House Health Plan Summary Released

The Health Care Financing Committee has released a 2-page summary of the highlights of the House health care reform bill, which will be approved by the Committee on Monday. You can read the summary by clicking here. The Globe has … Continue reading

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Getting Ready for the Fast Lane

Yesterday, the MassACT Coalition held a State House rally to celebrate the collection of more than 75,000 of the 100,000 signature drive to place real health reform before the Massachusetts electorate in November 2006. Here’s the account from State House … Continue reading

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The Wal-Mart Health Insurance Internal Memo — In a Word, Wow

It just doesn’t get better than this. An internal memo sent to Wal-Mart’s Board of Directors proposes how to minimize health care spending while limiting damage to the Company’s reputation. Click here to read the New York Times account which … Continue reading

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Rally for Real Health Reform — Thursday, noon, State House

Please consider yourself invited to attend a State House rally for Real Health Reform on Thursday at noon at the Grand Staircase (second floor). At the rally, supporters of the MassACT ballot initiative will announce that we have collected more … Continue reading

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State Senators Unite to Protect Senior Drug Coverage

HCFA has been working with other consumer groups including Mass. Senior Action, AARP, MassPIRG and others to protect MA senior citizens when the new Medicare Prescription Drug Law (aka: Part D) starts in January. Here’s an account from State House … Continue reading

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Workers Losing Health Coverage – Massachusetts Is Among the Worst

A new study by the Economic Policy Institute, using US Census data, shows an alarming drop over the past five years in the proportion of workers able to obtain health insurance on the job. Here’s the surprise: “Among the working … Continue reading

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Help Us Think This Through — The House Considers an Individual Insurance Mandate

It is now clear that the leadership of the MA House of Reps is seriously considering a mandate on individuals to purchase health insurance as part of its health reform package due out October 31st. Plans are for the House … Continue reading

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“Consumer Driven” Health Scams

Good piece in yesterday’s Washington Post on the pitfalls of high deductible, so-called “consumer driven” or “consumer directed” health plans. Here’s the money quote: “Elizabeth Fowler can be called an educated health care consumer: An expert on health care policy, … Continue reading

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The Herald Offers a Business View of MassACT

Check out the first fusillade against the MassACT ballot initiative in today’s Boston Herald business section – click here. The piece was written by the Herald’s retail reporter Donna Goodison who was led to the story by the Retailers Association’s … Continue reading

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