Monthly Archives: September 2008

The House of the People

Yesterday Governor Patrick, Senate President Murray, and Speaker DiMasi held a press conference announcing new improvements that make the State House more accessible to all populations. The well-attended event held was held at the Grand Staircase and coincided with an … Continue reading

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Medicaid Waiver Press Conference

This afternoon, key leaders gathered to celebrate the details of an agreement reached on the renewal of the Medicaid waiver. Governor Patrick, Senate President Murray, Speaker DiMasi, Senator Kerry, Secretary Bigby, and Medicaid Director Dehner thanked everyone involved in the … Continue reading

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Breaking News: Agreement Reached on Medicaid Waiver

CMS and HHS have finalized negotiations on the Medicaid waiver, a critical source of funding (about $11 billion over three years) for Massachusetts health reform efforts. Governor Patrick will release details of the waiver at a press conference this afternoon … Continue reading

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Should Obama Pursue Comprehensive Reform?

In Friday’s debate, the candidates were asked what programs or priorities they would have to give up because of the cost of the financial rescue. Neither candidate really answered, but instead each talked about what they wouldn’t give up. For … Continue reading

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Watch Your Mouth Training Set

The Watch Your Mouth campaign invites you to Talking Children’s Oral Health: A Workshop for Spokespersons. The training will be held on October 30th at the Community Foundation, 1500 Main St., 23rd floor in Springfield, MA. Spend the day spend … Continue reading

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Study Looks At Medicaid Spending

The Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute and Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center released an issue brief, “Massachusetts Medicaid in Perspective: An Analysis of Spending Growth and Economic Growth, 1996-2007.” The brief reports that Medicaid spending growth has risen only slightly faster … Continue reading

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Pharmaceutical Companies Open the Window

Two of the country’s largest pharmaceutical companies announced this week that they will begin to disclose payments they make to physicians and other health care providers. Eli Lilly announced that, starting in 2009, it will disclose all payments of over … Continue reading

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