Monthly Archives: July 2006

More on “Technical” Corrections

The House passed a bill making “technical corrections” to the health reform statute late Thursday. The bill number is H. 5240. The Senate may take the bill up tonight, the last day of formal sessions, or it may consider the … Continue reading

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Where Health Reform Gets Rocky

Spent the latter part of last week in Colorado at the invitation of the Colorado Health Foundation. Folks out there are interested in kicking the tired on the MA health reform plan. I tried to give ’em just the facts … Continue reading

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The Connector Hits the Road

Today members of the Connector Board’s Affordability Committee and a few hard-core Connector groupies traveled to Shrewsbury. With all of Bruce Butler’s talk of signposts, directions and parking lots, it felt like we were starting a journey. Between the heat … Continue reading

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Waiver Documents – Get ’em here

The State hasn’t posted the waiver documents yet, but we have them. Dig in, health reform wonks. Also, State House News reported this afternoon that the health reform technical amendments legislation may move today (Thursday). One reason for urgency in … Continue reading

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Feds Approve Waiver

Federal Health and Human Services Secretary Leavitt came to Boston for a hastily-arranged ceremony to sign his approval of the Massachusets “1115” MassHealth waiver. (Boston Globe coverage and photo). The waiver approval by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid … Continue reading

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John Kerry Sponsors 7/31 Faneuil Hall Health Care “Dialogue”

US Sen. John Kerry is sponsoring a health care dialogue at Boston’s Fanueil Hall on July 31 at 12 noon. Here’s the invitation: Dear Friends, On July 31, I hope you’ll join me to wade into a debate that underscores … Continue reading

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Legislature Overrides Romney Veto of PCA Bill (now Law)

Congrats to Service Employees International Union 1199 for a huge legislative win. Yesterday, the House and Senate overwhelmingly overrode Gov. Romney’s veto of the so-called PCA bill. The new law will establish a central clearinghouse for disabled persons to find … Continue reading

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