Monthly Archives: July 2008

Health Reform Up Close and Personal: Day 10

On the last day of the legislative session, with the health reform funding bill poised to be enacted and federal waiver negotiations still not complete, we want to yet again make sure everyone understands the human dimensions of chapter 58. … Continue reading

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Last Dance, Last Dance, for L……….legislation

Today’s the last day of the formal legislative session. Like every two years, the final days are a blur of activity as the House and Senate rush to get through an agenda that can’t all fit in the time left. … Continue reading

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Big Progress on Smoking

The percentage of adults smoking in Massachusetts reached a historic low in 2007, dropping 8 percent from 2006 to 2007 (EOHHS press release here). Only 16.4% of the adult population is smoking, and the number continues to fall. This gives … Continue reading

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Health Reform Up Close and Personal: Day 9

With the House-passed health reform funding bill before the Senate today, we want to make sure everyone understands the human dimensions of chapter 58. While us policy experts are discussing tens and hundreds of millions of dollars for this or … Continue reading

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House Advances Shared Responsibility

The House today approved a supplemental budget bill (H. 5022, House press release/summary) that includes a modified version of Governor Patrick’s shared responsibility funding proposal to meet the MassHealth and Commonwealth Care shortfall for this year. The House decisively rejected … Continue reading

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Health Reform Up Close and Personal: Day 8

With critical state and federal funding decisions for health reform under consideration over the next week or so, we want to make sure everyone understands the human dimensions of chapter 58. While us policy experts are discussing tens and hundreds … Continue reading

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Just Do It: The End-of-Session Legislative Agenda

The legislature turns into a pumpkin at midnight, Thursday, with the end of formal sessions. Legislation can still pass during the informal sessions which will continue through the end of the year, but anything controversial has to get through both … Continue reading

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