Monthly Archives: May 2007

Getting Down with the Swiss

The Massachusetts Health Policy Forum and Health Care For All are co-sponsoring a public forum: “Universal Coverage and Individual Mandate in Switzerland: Lessons for Massachusetts” on Friday, June 22, 2007 from 9:45am-11:30am at Gardner Auditorium in the State House in … Continue reading

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WSJ Profiles Connector Board

Darn shame it requires a subscription, because today’s front page Wall Street Journal article on the Board of Directors of the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority is a gem. The article describes how ten individuals from a wide range of … Continue reading

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YAP YAP YAP — Today’s DOI Hearing on Young Adult Plans

The Division of Insurance held a hearing today on its emergency Young Adult Plan (YAP) regulations. YAPs are private health plans to be offered through the Connector only to persons between ages 19 and 26. The Division worked with the … Continue reading

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Connector Board Hears MCC, Affordability Testimony

Today the Connector Board held their third and last public hearing on draft regulations on “minimum creditable coverage” (MCC), affordability, and CommCare premiums at Gardner Auditorium in the State House. Taking testimony were Connector Executive Director Jon Kingsdale, Board Chair … Continue reading

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Quality and Cost Council Goals: Send Us Your Comments

As we mentioned in a 5/24 blog entry, the Massachusetts Quality and Cost Council has issued a draft of its goals for FY ’08. They are inviting comments from members of the advisory committee, on which HCFA holds a seat. … Continue reading

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PA Gov. Rendell Sets Up “Office of Health Equity”

PA Gov. Ed Rendell is getting quite active on health policy in a number of positive ways. His health access expansion initiative is getting beaten up in the Legislature, but it’s a good plan and a good starting point for … Continue reading

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Iraq War Bill Funds Also MA Kids Coverage

Yesterday the U.S. Congress acted to expand both funding for the Iraq war and children’s health insurance at the same time. Contained in the war funding bill signed by the President yesterday is approximately $650 million in emergency money for … Continue reading

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