Monthly Archives: July 2006

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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Next Connector Meeting — Thursday 7-20

Next meeting of the Board of the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority will be July 20, 2006, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00p.m., One Ashburton Place, Boston, MA 02108, Conference Room 3. Agenda: I. Minutes* (vote, 5 minutes) II. Introduce new staff … Continue reading

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HCFA v. Romney — One Year Later

In 2000, HCFA filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Massachusetts charging that the MassHealth dental program for kids violated federal law. On July 14, 2005, Federal District Judge Rya Zobel agreed with us, and ordered the … Continue reading

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A Decade of Progress on Kid’s Health Access

Ten years ago this month, Massachusetts passed a law committing to quality, affordable health insurance coverage for all kids. Three months ago, Massachusetts built on and expanded that commitment with passage of the new health reform law, Chapter 58. In … Continue reading

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Money, Medicine and Reform

On today’s Wall Street Journal editorial page, Andy Stern, President of the Service Employees International Union, makes an offer or throws down a gauntlet (take your pick) to America’s corporate leaders on the need for thorough national health system reform. … Continue reading

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Details on MassHealth Citizenship Documentation Requirements

Neil Cronin and Vicki Pulos as Mass. Law Reform Institute have prepared a memo on the new citizenship documentation requirements facing MassHealth — and all Medicaid clients nationally — beginning on July 1. Click here to obtain their memo. Here’s … Continue reading

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Getting “Granular” with Health Savings Accounts

Has anyone noticed the increasing use of the word “granular?” I’m starting to hear it more and more, and wondering if I just missed some cultural milestone. Anyway, in the interest of joining and spreading this trend, check out this … Continue reading

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