Monthly Archives: May 2006

Libertarians & Lefties (sort of) Debate MA Health Reform

An engaging and provocative forum, hosted last week by the libertarian Cato Institute in Washington DC, is well worth a listen or a read. Click here to obtain either. Speakers included: Len Nichols, director, Health Policy Program, New America Foundation … Continue reading

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Your Government at Work — Transparency in Action

You read it here first: The first meeting of the new Board of Directors of the Commonwealth Insurance Connector — the pivotal new agency charged with implementing key parts of Chapter 58, the new Health Reform Law — will take … Continue reading

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The New Health Reform Wave V: Today’s WSJ

Good article in today’s Wall Street Journal on how the MA health reform law has inspired coverage expansion activities in a host of other states. Excerpts below: Massachusetts’ new health-insurance law is drawing attention from politicians in other states seeking … Continue reading

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Connector Completed

This morning the Administration and Finance Secretary Tom Trimarco announced the Romney administration’s appointments to the “Connector,” the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority, tasked with much of the decisions and implementation for health reform. (read their press release) As rumored, … Continue reading

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H. Clinton and B. Obama on Malpractice: Worth Reading

This week’s New England Journal of Medicine has an article by Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama attempting to create a progressive space on medical malpractice reform. I think their ideas and proposals deserve serious consideration. Click here for free … Continue reading

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Senate Overrides Veto #7: “…my good Lord you just rave about Bill Clinton…”

This afternoon, the State Senate override the second to last of Gov. Romney’s eight vetoes of section of the MA Health Reform Law (Chapter 58); the House has already overridden all eight. This one restores MassHealth coverage for low income … Continue reading

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Health Reform Implementation: Let Us Now Praise the Romney Administration

Regular readers will recognize our non-reticence in taking the Romney Administration to task whenever we think they’re wrong. So let’s give credit where credit it due. Today, Dep. Medicaid Director Stephanie Anthony gave a presentation at the Blue Cross Foundation … Continue reading

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Health Wonk Review #7 — and a Review of Right Wing Blogs on MA Health Reform

The new Health Wonk Review is up and available, full of links to lots of interesting commentary and perspective on recent developments in the parallel universe of heath policy. Click here to reach it. Favorite entry: a website called the … Continue reading

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Teens Win One at the State House for Mental Health

Today, HCFA’s youngest coalition got their first taste of legislative victory. Teens Leading The Way has been working since February 2005 on legislation to establish teen mental health drop-in centers. The teens reported that their friends were suffering in silence, … Continue reading

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Last Week’s Gubernatorial Debate and Health Care

A late rumination on last week’s JFK School forum on jobs and the economy with four of the gubernatorial candidates. Once again, health care mentioned only slightly. Chris Gabrieli with his pitch for stem cell research money, and Tom Reilly … Continue reading

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