Monthly Archives: November 2008

Health Reform and the Primary Care Shortage Meme

Driving home Sunday night stuck in the Pike traffic I heard this NPR story, Mass. Health Care Reform Reveals Doctor Shortage. It pushed a button in me, something that has been brewing for months. Am I overreacting, or is this … Continue reading

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Key Indicators: Coverage Increase Continues

This afternoon, the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy released their latest installment of their quarterly report. Click here for the full report, Health Care in Massachusetts: Key Indicators. Much of this information is the same as the August … Continue reading

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Shouldn’t There Be A Better Way To Get Kids Covered?

Families USA, a national health care advocacy group, has released a good news-bad news report. (Read article on The good news is that the number of uninsured children has declined by about 6 percent last year. Nationally, about one … Continue reading

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Final Tax Form Broadens Permissable Lapse in Coverage

Yesterday, the Department of Revenue (DOR) posted the revised and final Schedule HC for 2008. This is the form used to report one’s health insurance coverage to monitor compliance with the individual health insurance mandate. Revised draft Instructions will be … Continue reading

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Real Voices: Your Weekly Dose from the HCFA Helpline

Every week we highlight the voices of real people that contact our Helpline every day. Once a week you will be introduced to a family whose life has changed for the better due to health reform. If you or anyone … Continue reading

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Health Leaders Excited About National Health Care Reform

On Thursday afternoon, the New England Alliance for Children’s Health (NEACH), the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and PricewaterhouseCoopers hosted a national broadcast of a town hall meeting with a panel of Congressional leaders, health care policy experts and a … Continue reading

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Globe: Protect Safety Net

Today’s Globe editorial (“Unkindest cuts in healthcare“) shines a light on the disproportionate cuts being imposed on safety net hospitals, particularly Boston Medical Center and Cambridge Health Alliance. These hospitals and their health centers are the backbone of our health … Continue reading

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