Monthly Archives: November 2006

Today’s Connector Board Meeting –Tough Decisions Largely Deferred ‘til January

The Connector Board met today to determine details of its RFR for its coming commercial insurance products, now christened “Commonwealth Choice.” The board discussed the Policy Subcommittee’s recommendations and got hung up on questions of whether the Board had to … Continue reading

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Tough Talk from Sen. Murray on 9C Cuts

Senate Ways and Means Chair Therese Murray does not pull her punches in a statement issued today on Gov. Romney’s 9C budget cuts: Governor Romney made a decision on November 10, 2006 that negatively impacted the lives of thousands of … Continue reading

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Post Market Merger Estimate: Nongroup Premiums Drop 15.1%, Small Group Rise 1.2%

On 11/21/06, the Nongroup/Small group Market Merger Commission met to discuss anticipated effects of the market merger and other aspects of the report they are developing. (Sorry for the delay in this posting.) While the full report is not expected … Continue reading

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Politics and the Public Health Council

Ginny Buckingham writes in today’s Herald about the fight — now before the MA Supreme Judicial Court — on who gets to appoint the members of the State’s Public Health Council. Old version — the Governor appoints all nine. New … Continue reading

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Big Employers Move into Electronic Health Records

Today’s Wall Street Journal has a fascinating piece on large employers (WalMart and Intel) moving to develop their own electronic health records for their workers — click here (I think it’s free). Next week, the companies will announce their collaboration … Continue reading

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Will the New Democratic Congress Challenge Bush on Medicaid?

Will newly empowered Congressional Dems rein in the Bush Administration’s degrees of freedom in negotiating wide ranging waivers with state Medicaid programs? The topic is covered in The Hill and the answer is a definite “maybe:” “Democrats are concerned about … Continue reading

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Commonwealth Care Enrollment Hits 14,384

Just released by the Connector. Also, materials for tomorrow’s Connector Board meeting have been posted. Commonwealth Connector Health Insurance Authority Executive Director Jon Kingsdale announced today that 14,384 individuals are receiving the Commonwealth Care product that became available last month. … Continue reading

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Newsflash! Aliquos Togatos Conspirare (People in Togas Are Plotting)

Late yesterday, the Co-Chairs of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Health Care sent a letter to Connector Executive Director Jon Kingsdale and the entire board. The Board is scheduled to vote on Thursday morning on standards for new private insurance … Continue reading

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Connector Board’s Outreach Subcommittee

The next meeting of the Connector Board’s Outreach Subcommittee, chaired by Chip Joffe-Halpern, will be today, Wednesday, November 29th from 5:00 to 6:00 PM in the Cafeteria of One Ashburton Place in Boston, MA. On the agenda will be a … Continue reading

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Americans’ Views of Health Care Costs, Access, and Quality

Milbank Quarterly just published a first rate overview of public attitudes regarding a host of key health policy issues, written by Robert J. Blendon, Mollyann Brodie, John M. Benson, Drew E. Altman, and Tami Buhr. Check out 20 years of … Continue reading

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