Monthly Archives: April 2007

Community Catalyst Report on Affordability

Click here for the final version of Community Catalyst’s national report on health insurance affordability. The substance of this report was used in the affordability process and discussion at the Connector Authority earlier this month.

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Click For A Better Budget

On Monday the House of Representatives begins its debate on the budget for FY 08. We have been working with a number of House members on critical amendments to the budget. The amendments restore funds for health reform outreach, improve … Continue reading

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Disease/Care Management — Preliminary CMS Results Not Promising

For nearly a decade, lots of folks (we included) have been pointing to disease and care management strategies for the chronically ill as an important direction to improve quality of care and lower/control costs. Preliminary results are in for the … Continue reading

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Today’s Globe Assesses Chapter 58 Progress and Pitfalls

First rate and balanced piece in today’s Sunday Boston Globe — click here — by Alice Dembner assessing progress in implementing Chapter 58 health reform over the past year, as well as anticipating the challenges and pitfalls ahead. There are … Continue reading

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Desperately Seeking Disparities: Not So Hard to Find, Even in MA

Kaiser’s always useful http://statehealthfacts.org just provided several updates of key health and health care indicators by race/ethnicity and state. We’re always drawn to the MA data, of course, to see what pops out. Here are some observations from their latest … Continue reading

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Who Knew This? There’s a Chapter 58 Wikipedia Page…

Well, I didn’t know. There’s a Chapter 58 page (Massachusetts Health Reform Statute) on Wikipedia — the participatory online encylopedia — devoted to Chapter 58. Who did this? I know, three million or so persons. But how about just one … Continue reading

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Gov. Patrick Names New Public Health Council Members

For a long time, Sen. Dick Moore was a one-man band banging a drum for a beefed up State Public Health Council, and finally got his way when Gov. Patrick signed legislation in January to re-organize the Council. Today, Gov. … Continue reading

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