Monthly Archives: May 2007

Physicians Get It Right and Wrong at the Same Time

Physicians for a National Health Program, a single-payer support group, is gathering signatures in an online petition opposing Connector policies on Minimum Creditable Coverage and the individual mandate. You can read the letter, which as of this writing has around … Continue reading

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Quality and Cost Council Moves To Set FY’08 Goals; Looks at P4P

The Quality and Cost Council met Wednesday with the new Executive Director, Katharine London, officially on board. Katharine announced that an initial website, with basic Council information, meeting locations and times, etc., will be up and running soon through mass.gov. … Continue reading

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Is This Variation Really Necessary?

Julie Jette, the first-rate health reporter for the Quincy Patriot Ledger, kicks the tires on Commonwealth Choice non-subsidized plans and finds significant variations in premiums by occupation and zip code (click here for her article): “For example, the cheapest policy … Continue reading

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Prescription Access Litigation Project Scores Three Wins

The Prescription Access Litigation Project (PAL) (a project of HCFA’s national partner, Community Catalyst) recently announced the settlement of three nationwide class action lawsuits against three pharmaceutical companies and is now working to make sure consumers and third party payors … Continue reading

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Notes from Today’s Western Mass. Connector Hearing

Today the Connector Board held their second public hearing on draft regs on “minimum creditable coverage,” affordability, and CommCare premiums at American International College, Springfield, MA. Jon Kingsdale, Connector Executive Director, Celia Wcislo, Connector Board member, Chip Joffe-Halpern, Connector Board … Continue reading

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DPH to Host “Regional Dialogues” on Public Health Priorities

John Auerbach, the new and dynamic Commissioner of the MA Dept. of Public Health, is hosting a series of “regional dialogues” on public health priorities for the new Administration. Click here for the letter of invitation. Here’s the list: CENTRAL … Continue reading

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Insurance Coverage & Coverage Appeals for Consumers

Health Law Advocates and Holland & Knight LLP are sponsoring a Legal Training on insurance coverage issues for consumers on Thursday, June 14, 8 – 11 a.m. at 10 St. James Avenue, 11th Floor in Boston. This training is designed … Continue reading

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