Monthly Archives: April 2008

Assn. of American Medical Colleges Supports Drug Gifts Ban

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) released a report this week calling on its member teaching hospitals to implement policies to regulate relationships between staff and students with the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. The two year Task Force … Continue reading

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House Budget Day 2 Recap

Thanks to Representative Ruth Balser, chair of the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Committee, yesterday the House restored funding to the Massachusetts Children’s Psychiatric Access Project (MCPAP). MCPAP helps address the shortage of child psychiatrists in Massachusetts by providing phone … Continue reading

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Fair AND Balanced – PBS Covers MA Health Reform

PBS’ flagship NewsHour broadcast a look at implementation of health reform in Massachusetts last night. The report included Gov. Patrick, Senate Pres. Murray, the Connector’s Jon Kingsdale, Lynn Health Center’s Lori Berry, patients on CommCare, critic and frequent blog commenter … Continue reading

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House Opens Budget Debate

Yesterday the House began its debate on FY 2009 budget. With over 1500 amendments filed, the budget debate is expected to take most of this week. You can see the House budget and the filed amendments, summarized by topic, on … Continue reading

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Cover the Uninsured Week 2008

Health Care For All is proud to announce that Cover the Uninsured Week 2008, a national campaign to promote awareness of the uninsured, is currently underway. The campaign runs from April 27th to May 3rd and features events in all … Continue reading

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Another Globe Health Voice to Bid Adieu

Woosh, dropping like flies! Globe editorial writer, Tom Gagen, the intrepid editorial voice on all matters relating to health care, has announced he’s taking the paper’s buyout offer and will be departing Morrissey Boulevard at the end of June. His … Continue reading

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Clinton, Obama and Massachusetts health reform: Untangling the confusion

Yale political scientist and health reform expert Jacob Hacker has written an important post untangling the confusion many feel in the back-and-forth between Clinton and Obama over health care (read it here). Hacker explains how the virtually identical structure in … Continue reading

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Report Looks at Disparities Policy Activities in Five State (including MA)

The Commonwealth Fund, the Opportunity Agenda and Families USA have released a new report, Identifying and Evaluating Equity Provisions in State Health Care Reform. The report identifies state-level policies that promote equitable health care access and quality for all populations, … Continue reading

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Globe’s Alice Dembner Departing 5/2

What’s with people leaving their jobs??!! The nerve! We hear the Boston Globe’s Alice Dembner is taking the paper’s too-good-to-resist buy-out option and will leave her position on Friday, May 2. Alice assures us she is not retiring. She’s hoping … Continue reading

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National Dems Tepid on Health Reform

This is either really smart or really dumb. From The Hill: Dems Hedge on Healthcare. Congressional Democrats are backing away from healthcare reform promises made by their two presidential candidates, saying that even if their party controls the White House … Continue reading

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