Monthly Archives: April 2009

Rally to Save Public Health includes Consumer Voice for Protecting Health Care Quality Work

More than a hundred people gathered yesterday at Nurses Hall at the State House for the United We Stand For Public Health Coalition’s lobby day to protect funding for public health programs. Senator Richard Moore (D-Uxbridge), Chair of the Health … Continue reading

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Oral Cancer Awareness Week

The release of the 2000 Surgeon General’s report ignited our understanding of the connection between oral health and our overall health. This week, many advocates across the country are honoring Oral Cancer Awareness week by promoting awareness of the issue … Continue reading

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Stand For Public Health: State House, 2:30 Today

A coalition of more than 80 organizations, United We Stand for Public Health, has come together to protect public health funding in the Commonwealth. The lobby day is 2:30 pm today at the State House Nurses Hall. The speakers include … Continue reading

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Pharma Payments: The Flood Becomes a Deluge

We’ve long been puzzled by the opposition to the Massachusetts prescription regulations, since our state’s leadership on this issue was just slightly ahead of the coming wave that will put everyone on record against marketing payments by drug companies to … Continue reading

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QSHIP Improvements Catch the Wind

This morning the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy held a public hearing on proposed regulations which would increase reporting and disclosure requirements for student health insurance plans. The room was packed with students, advocates and other stakeholders who … Continue reading

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HCFA Says: Raising revenue = reducing cuts

Today at noon, Health Care For All supported the Stop the Cuts coalition in a State House rally. Members of the coalition – including SEIU, Neighbor to Neighbor, NASW, Coalition for Social Justice – packed the hearing room to hear … Continue reading

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Affordability: Why Should Older People Pay More For Coverage?

Yesterday the Globe reported on the impact of age-based pricing for health insurance. Older people can be charged twice as much for the same coverage, which can force older consumers to purchase less comprehensive policies. The Globe article showed the … Continue reading

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Raise Revenue and Stop the Cuts: State House Events This Week

Three State House events will allow us to let our Representatives know that the public supports increased revenue to maintain our system of public structures that keep our communities safe and healthy, educate our children, and draw businesses to our … Continue reading

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National Health Reform — In the Bag

Two recent developments give me strong confidence that national health reform will happen this year. First is the decision by Congressional leaders — under strong pressure from President Obama — to set a deadline (October 15) after which the Senate … 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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