Monthly Archives: May 2009

Globe Editorial on Health Reform Affordability

The Boston Sunday Globe’s lead editorial affirms the conclusions of the Mass Taxpayer’s Foundation that health reform has been affordable for Massachusetts. Excerpt: FOR ALL THE fiscal problems the Commonwealth now faces, its three-year-old universal health insurance reform cannot be … Continue reading

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Speaker DeLeo Embraces Reform at Summit

“Health reform has been a wise investment, one we must do our best to keep alive even in the face of this very difficult fiscal environment.” -House Speaker Robert DeLeo Friday the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts hosted … Continue reading

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Congratulations, Cindy!

Cindy Mann, a good friend of Health Care For All and Massachusetts health care advocacy, has just been named by the Obama Administration to lead the Center for Medicaid and State Operations (CMSO), which oversees Medicaid and CHIP at the … Continue reading

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Funding of Public Health – a Necessity now more then ever

Commissioner Jon Auerbach of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) spoke Friday afternoon to a packed room as part of Health Law Advocates’ Brown Bag Luncheon Series. Commissioner Auerbach’s talk covered three hot-issue topics: the current H1N1 virus pandemic … Continue reading

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The Devil’s in the Details: Connector Hears Testimony on CommCare Eligibility Regs

This morning, Jamie Katz, the Connector’s General Counsel and Melissa Boudreault, Director of Commonwealth Care, heard testimony on changes to the Commonwealth Care eligibility regulations (click here for regs). Some of the revisions, although deemed by the Connector as technical … Continue reading

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An Uneven Distribution of Oral Health Care

A recent Policy Brief on a Massachusetts Health Reform Survey funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield examined “Access to and Affordability of Care in Massachusetts as of Fall 2008: Geographic and Racial/Ethnic Differences”. Oral health is an important part of … Continue reading

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June 9th Public Health Committee Hearing on Health Disparities

On Tuesday June 9, 2009 at 10:00 am, the Joint Committee on Public Health Hearing will consider health disparities bills including the Disparities Action Network’s two legislative priorities, SB. 810 and SB. 811. Please join us and advocate for health … Continue reading

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Joint Committee on Health Care Financing hearing – Insurance Partnership program, medical malpractice and the health care workforce

The Joint Committee on Health Care Financing held a public hearing on Wednesday May 27th. Several bills were heard relating to insurance, the Insurance Partnership program, medical malpractice and the health care workforce. Georgia Maheras testified on behalf of the … Continue reading

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May Health Disparities Council Meeting

Early last week, the Commonwealth’s Health Disparities Council held its monthly meeting to continue their work on creating policies to reduce health disparities among Massachusetts residents. Since the Senate was in the midst of addressing their version of the FY10 … Continue reading

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Children’s Mental Health Legislation Heard

When the omnibus Act Relative To Children’s Mental Health (Chapter 321 of the Acts of 2008) was signed into law last year, there was one provision that was not included: reimbursement for collateral contacts by commercial insurance. Collateral contacts can … Continue reading

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