Monthly Archives: January 2010

Governor Proposes Budget: “fiscal responsibility is not simply about aggregate budget numbers but also the values embedded in our budgets”

Governor Patrick released his H. 2 budget proposal today, for fiscal year 2011, starting July 1. The budget continues the Governor’s strong commitment to health reform and the state’s vital health infrastructure. There are some cuts, including some painful cuts … Continue reading

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Yolanda and Her Law

Today marks the two year anniversary of Yolanda Torres’ death. Yolanda was a remarkable young woman who shared her story of living with mental health needs in testimony before the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Committee in May 2007. With … Continue reading

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Investing in Health Equity in Massachusetts

The Members Lounge at the State House was a standing room only today when the Disparities Action Network (DAN) presented an event titled, Investing in Health Equity: Taking Action to Reduce Health Disparities in Massachusetts. Health Disparities Council Co-Chairs Representative … Continue reading

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Hearing on Universal Screenings for Postpartum Depression

House Bill 3897: An Act Relative to Postpartum Depression will have a hearing on Wednesday before the Joint Committee on Financial Services. The bill ensures that pregnant women will be able to receive universal screening and referral to treatment for … Continue reading

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Don’t Just Complain. Do Something.

All the hand-wringing about the “meaning” of the Scott Brown victory for health reform seems misplaced. First, polling of Massachusetts voters taken right after the election shows a very confused message. This blog post by Maggie Mahar is long, but … Continue reading

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Tale of Two [Conservative Think Tank Reports on MA Health Reform]

Two conservative research institutions recently looked at Massachusetts health reform. One concluded that, while not all the evidence is in, the plan has achieved success in reducing the number of uninsured in Massachusetts. The other study looked at the census … Continue reading

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QCC Looks at Care Transitions

The Health Care Quality and Cost Council (QCC) met this week, focusing on a quality initiative aimed at improving care transitions in the Massachusetts health care system. The initiative, entitled “Reduce Readmissions and Improve Care Transitions,” is part of the … Continue reading

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DPH Looks At Oral Health

At last week’s Public Health Council meeting, Commissioner John Auerbach presented the 2009 Betsy Lehman Center Patient Safety Recognition Awards. This annual award was established in 2005 to recognize leadership and innovation in patient safety, including public awareness, education and … Continue reading

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Oral health stakeholders move closer to finalizing oral health plan

Yesterday, about 75 people from across the state met to discuss a new plan for improving the oral health of the Commonwealth. This movement, lead by the Better Oral Health for Massachusetts Coalition (BOHMA), is a broad-based statewide collaborative of … Continue reading

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“With all due respect Mr. Speaker, it’s not over ’till I say it’s over”

I’ve been waiting for months for the right time to post this video. Waiting until the absolute moment of greatest need. Today, our favorite blogger, Washington Post’s Ezra Klein, broke it out and forced our hand, probably not even knowing … Continue reading

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