Monthly Archives: July 2006

ERISA Primer (I)

Last week, a federal district judge in Baltimore struck down Maryland’s so-called “Wal-Mart tax” on the basis that it violates a federal law called ERISA. Folks who have been in state health policy for a while are quite familiar with … Continue reading

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WSJ Survey on Public Attitudes about Health Insurance

Take a look at this new opinion survey by Harris for the Wall Street Journal. Interesting and sometimes contradictory (see questions 4 and 6) results. In general, Democrats and Independents seem more closely aligned than Republicans and Independents. Also, (question … Continue reading

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Weekly “Forward” Profiles GBIO Role in Health Reform

Interesting article in the July 21 issue of Forward, the progressive Jewish weekly, on the role played by the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization in Massachusetts health reform: “Religious Liberals Take Lead In Massachusetts Health Debate.” The article discusses GBIO’s role … Continue reading

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Connector Watch July 20th: Where Do They Stand, and Where Do We Sit?

ED Jon Kingsdale introduced new staff members. Maybe his next hire should be an event planner: the room layout doesn’t work. Once again, too few chairs. We sat on the windowsill, others on floor or stood in doorway. Moving tables … Continue reading

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NEJM on Language Barriers to Health Care

Terrific piece in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine on language competency (or lack thereof) in US hospitals — written by Dr. Glenn Flores of the Medical College of Wisconsin, and a former pediatrician at Boston Medical Center. Click … Continue reading

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Wal-Mart Decision — Massachusetts Between the Lines

Continuation from previous post … Judge J. Frederick Motz, US District Judge, makes explicit reference to the new Massachusetts health reform law, in his ruling against the Maryland Wal-Mart tax: “Of course, I am expressing no opinion on whether legislative … Continue reading

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Baltimore Fed Court Strikes Down Maryland’s Wal-Mart Tax

A federal court today invalidated Maryland’s mandated health benefits law, otherwise known as the Wal-Mart tax, passed in January over a gubernatorial veto. The law requires employers with more than 10,000 workers to pay at least 8% of payroll on … Continue reading

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