Monthly Archives: March 2007

Connector Distributes Affordability Materials

The Connector Board meets Tuesday, April 3, at 2:00 pm (1 Ashburton, 21st floor) to begin discussing the next big issue on the health reform agenda: affordability. Under chapter 58, the Board must prepare a schedule that set forth what … Continue reading

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Murphy/Wheelan Head to Beacon Health Strategies

Gov. Romney’s Health and Human Services Secretary Tim Murphy will become President of Beacon Health Strategies, a Woburn-based managed behavioral health organization. Murphy’s essential partner at EOHHS, Brian Wheelan, will also join the firm as Vice President and Chief Financial … Continue reading

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“We weren’t going to have a big wedding anyway.”

Mark Hollmer in the 3/30 Boston Business Journal profiles a random sampling of Bostonians re: the individual mandate. (No link – subscription required.) Interesting stories. Here are some excerpts: Amse Hammershaimb, 27 year old Newbury Street art gallery saleswoman, moved … Continue reading

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Kaiser/NGA Forum on MA Health Reform

Click here to access the Kaiser Family Foundation/National Governor’s Association roundtable discussion on the MA Health Reform Law, held yesterday. Kaiser Daily summary: MA can serve as a political model for states considering universal health coverage proposals, but other states … Continue reading

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Blue Cross Foundation Wins National Recognition for MA Health Reform

The Council on Foundations has given its most prestigious award for public policy to the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation for its Roadmap to Coverage project. What began as a Foundation-sponsored project to restart and shape the public … Continue reading

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Some Reflections on Health Reform After Reading the Commonhealth Blog

Health reform debates Just policy talk, no art Not always: click here

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The Young Invincibles

Check out this first rate piece in New York Magazine on “The Young Invincibles: They’re young and healthy, and insurance is expensive. As long as they don’t catch the flu, slip on the ice, crash a bike, snowboard into a … Continue reading

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Help Us Get Ready for Healthy Blog’s 2nd Birthday

OK, Healthy Blog friends and readers, this Sunday, April 1, is this space’s second birthday. In recognition of this less-than-august occasion, and to continue a trend begun on birthday number one, Healthy Blog will feature a self interview with me … Continue reading

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Update on HCFA v. Romney: One Year Into Remediation

In 2000, HCFA’s crack law firm, Health Law Advocates, filed a class action lawsuit in federal court on behalf of HCFA and MassHealth families. The case, HCFA v. Romney, charged state officials with failing to ensure access to oral health … Continue reading

Posted in Health Care Quality, MassHealth/Medicaid | 1 Comment

Dems Debate/Discuss Health Care — Does It Matter?

If you missed it, click here to access portions of Saturday’s health care debate by the Democratic presidential candidates, sponsored by the Center for American Progress and the Service Employees International Union. Basically, every candidate endorses one form or another … Continue reading

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