Monthly Archives: November 2009

HCFA Letter to Editor Points Out Consumer Role in Health Care

The New York Times Magazine yesterday published a letter-to-the-editor sent in by HCFA in response to the article on Intermountain Healthcare that was published 3 weeks ago (read our blog overview of the story). The letter points out that while … Continue reading

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Health Care Financing Committee to hold December 3 Public Hearing

Thursday, the legislature’s Joint Committee on Health Care Financing will hear two key bills affecting young people: S.39 / H.188 – An Act to Assure Continuity of Health Coverage For Children, and S. 609 – An Act Relative to the … Continue reading

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Congratulations to HCFA Outreach Manager Dayanne Leal on receiving the Community Activist of 2009 award. Dayanne was honored this week by Assistencia Total Brasileira at its First Annual Thanksgiving Fundraiser and Award Dinner. Assistenica Total recognized Dayanne for her outstanding … Continue reading

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Sen. Kirk: As the Senate prepared to vote…, my memory flashed back to my days as a young staffer working for Sen. Ted Kennedy…

Senator Paul Kirk has published his reflections on voting on health care reform. He cast his vote Saturday from Senator Kennedy’s desk, and it surely weighed on him: Kennedy’s voice, his energy and his unique legislative skills are deeply missed … Continue reading

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Infections Going Down for Many Possible Reasons

A Boston Globe article looks at the decrease in infection rates at a number of Boston-area hospitals and cites a number of possible reasons for the decline. Among those reasons mentioned are the upcoming public reports on hospital-acquired infections that … Continue reading

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Children Are Not Little Adults

On Friday, Dr. James Mandell, CEO of Children’s Hospital Boston, presented “Children are not Little Adults: A Pediatric View on Payment and Insurance Reform” at the Health Law and Policy Forum Brown Bag Lunch Series. Through case studies, Dr. Mandell … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Employer Coverage Success Cited in Senate Health Reform Bill

Is the individual mandate unconstitutional? Experts say no, but the far right keeps claiming the mandate goes beyond the power of Congress to regulate interstate commerce. The Senate health reform bill includes a section to make the case that the … Continue reading

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