Monthly Archives: September 2009

CommCare Bridge Rollout Begins Tomorrow – the Context

Tomorrow approximately 11,500 people in the Boston area will become enrolled in the new Commonwealth Care Bridge program – nearly a third of the 31,000 people who are categorized as special status immigrants and who, because of budget shortfalls, lost … Continue reading

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CommCare Bridge Rollout Begins Tomorrow – the Mechanics

Tomorrow, about 11,500 legal immigrants in the Greater Boston area who lost their Commonwealth Care coverage on August 31st will be transitioned into the new Commonwealth Care Bridge plan, offered by CeltiCare. Legal immigrants in this category north and south … Continue reading

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HCQCC Embarks on a new Road(map)

The HCQCC met today to discuss the long-awaited Roadmap to Cost Containment (Roadmap). Prior to this part of the meeting, they had a few sub-committee updates. The anticipated sub-committee restructuring has been completed and there are now fewer committees with … Continue reading

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HCFA Launches “A Healthy Tweet” to support HelpLine

For the month of October, HCFA is asking you to Tweet for Health Reform! A Healthy Tweet is a campaign to spread the word about the importance of health reform while raising money for HCFA’s HelpLine. Click here for the … Continue reading

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EOHHS Releases Updated Budget Hearing Information (UPDATED – hearings off for now)

EOHHS has released an updated notice for the October 8th and 9th FY 11 budget hearings. Click here to download the Notice of Public Hearings (.pdf). UPDATE from EOHHS: “EOHHS has decided to reschedule their budget hearings scheduled for Thursday … Continue reading

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Pharma Phollies in Globe (UPDATE – Globe Editorial, Too)

Yesterday’s Boston Globe includes a pair of stories on the Mass. pharma industry: one on the doctors who took speakers’ fees from Eli Lilly and the other announcing that Boston is hosting the biggest annual biotech convention. We find it … Continue reading

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How’s Your County Doing?

Massachusetts has the lowest uninsurance rate in the country. New US Census data confirm the success of health reform in expanding coverage. The data also show significant variation in uninsurance rates among the different counties in Massachusetts. Click here to … Continue reading

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HCFA to co-sponsor FREE oral health screenings

Help Your Kids Prepare for School Oral health is a critical part of overall health and significantly impacts a child’s success in school! Join HCFA and UMass Memorial as we provide FREE screenings and fluoride varnish for children ages 0 … Continue reading

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Quality and Cost Council Meets Wednesday

The QCC is meeting September 30, 9:00-11:30am, at the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy, 2 Boylston Street, Boston, John Daley conference room, 5th floor. The agenda includes: I. Committee reports (Quality and Safety Committee; Advisory Committee) II. Update … Continue reading

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MassHealth dental expansion for Family Assistance

Thursday is an important day for oral health in the Commonwealth. On October 1, 2009 MassHealth dental benefits will be extended to cover children under the age of 19 who receive Family Assistance premium assistance, in order to comply with … Continue reading

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