Monthly Archives: October 2009

MA Children’s Mental Health Workforce Capacity: “Who is going to do the work?”

Last week, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts released Accessing Children’s Mental Health Services in Massachusetts: Workforce Capacity Assessment (pdf). It’s no secret that there is a workforce shortage among mental health practitioners treating children with mental health … Continue reading

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Crucial Dental Benefits for Adults on MassHealth SAVED!

Health Care For All and the Oral Health Advocacy Task Force applauds the Governor’s continued support for health reform, including oral health. Although he faced many difficult decisions as he fought to balance the budget, and are grateful that he … Continue reading

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CommCare Bridge Update: Important Information for Nov. 1st

As the second phase of Commonwealth Care Bridge enrollment begins, here is some important information that may be useful to you: November 1st Enrollment Over 10,000 residents in the northern and southern parts of the state are expected to be … Continue reading

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“We should be just as concerned about our commitment to our values as we are about the value of our commitments”

Citing a new mantra – “Leadership Through Values” – Governor Patrick announced $352 million in cuts to the FY10 state budget this afternoon. He described how he balanced his constitutional duty with his moral values: “Those values include creating good … Continue reading

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DOI Sets Small Business Insurance Premium Hearings; Releases Premium Data (UPDATED)

As the Governor called for last week, the Division of Insurance has announced an ambitious schedule of hearings to look into rising small business health insurance premium rates. The DOI announcement explains that the hearings will be in two stages. … Continue reading

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Dental Cuts are Dangerous (Updated – Dental Deans Agree)

As we wait to hear how Governor Patrick plans to make cuts in the state budget to make up for the $600 million dollar deficit, we are fearful that this will include crucial dental benefits for adults on MassHealth. The … Continue reading

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Point / Counterpoint — or not?

I was dying to make a reference to the Jane Curtin-Dan Akroyd point/counterpoint catchphrase in commenting on yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, but after hardly anyone on the staff recognized the reference when I used it at a staff meeting a … Continue reading

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Public Health Committee Hears Bills

Last week, the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Health held a hearing on health insurance and financing related bills. The hearing was chaired by Senator Fargo and Representative Sanchez and began with an executive session to favorably report out S. … Continue reading

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Disparities Council Recap

The Health Disparities Council held its monthly meeting on Monday. Chaired by Representative Rushing and EOHHS Secretary Bigby, the members focused on legislative opportunities to address health disparities in Massachusetts. Public Health Committee Chair Jeffrey Sanchez opened the meeting with … Continue reading

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Martha Bebinger, Rep. Lewis Describe MA Payment Reform

Martha Bebinger, on leave from WBUR to participate in the Nieman fellowship at Harvard University, has written a solid, hopeful summary of the Massachusetts payment reform process for the journal Health Affairs. Bebinger’s article, Mission Not Yet Accomplished? Massachusetts Contemplates … Continue reading

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