Monthly Archives: May 2007

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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Check Out HCFA’s Monthly Quality Newsletter

Click here to view HCFA’s May Quality newsletter, produced by our new Consumer Health Quality Project. We’re proud of this effort — pretty unique if we do say so ourselves. Each edition includes a profile of one member of the … Continue reading

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CEO’s on the Economic Impact of C.58 — “No Effect”

Today’s Globe included a mag supp: The Globe 100 — The Best of Massachusetts Business. One article reported on a survey of the CEOs of the top 100, along with a comparison group of 1,000 Boston.com visitors, Bullish on Themselves. … Continue reading

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Sen. Jarrett Barrios Will Be New President of BCBS Foundation

State Senator Jarrett Barrios, a Cambridge Democrat who has served in the State Senate since 2003, and in the House of Representatives between 1999 and 2002, will be the new President of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation. … Continue reading

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The Word Is Getting Out on Health Reform

Today, the Connector Authority hosted a Fenway Park ceremony which brought out the Governor, Senate President Murray and Speaker DiMasi as well as Red Sox officials and Connector EC Jon Kingsdale. The purpose was to showcase new advertisements on Connector … Continue reading

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MA Dental Society Urges Members to Become MassHealth Providers

Kudos to the Massachusetts Dental Society. At its Annual House of Delegates meeting on 5/11/07, the Society officially approved a resolution encouraging all its 4,000+ active members to enroll in the MassHealth (Medicaid) dental program. “Today, the Massachusetts Dental Society … Continue reading

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MA Writes to Wall Street

At Healthy Blog, we monitor officials documents the Commonwealth sends to Wall Street for any insights and intelligence regarding health care and health reform. Prior to now, these documents were available only to Wall Street analysts and other financial wizards, … Continue reading

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