Monthly Archives: May 2010

He said, she said

On Monday, the Boston Globe reported that for the first time in quite a while, insurance carriers are trying to reduce or cut rate hikes to providers.  The carriers have asked many hospitals and large physician groups to negotiate these lower … Continue reading

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Join us in the Fight to Restore MassHealth Dental!

As the Senate finished their budget debate at 2:45 this morning, all amendments that included a significant amount of money were eliminated, including Senator Chandler’s amendment to protect MassHealth adult dental benefits. Advocates for oral health put up a fantastic … Continue reading

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Thank you Senate for upholding pharma gifts ban

As the dust settles around the Senate’s budget, we want to extend our deep appreciation to the Senate for defeating amendment 291.  Late last night, Senators Chandler, Montigny and Moore eloquently and passionately defended the state’s ban on pharma industry marketing … Continue reading

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AARP Alert: Seniors’ Prescriptions; MassHealth Dental Benefits at Risk

Deborah Banda, State Director of AARP Massachusetts sent over their latest alert, which we fully endorse: As the Massachusetts Senate begins its debate on the Fiscal Year 2011 state budget, Senators need to hear from you. At risk: Funding that … Continue reading

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Senate Begins Budget Debate

The Senate begins debating the FY 2011 budget today, with hundreds of amendments (772, to be precise) to consider. HCFA has worked with Senators on a number of vital amendments to maintain our progress on health care. While state revenues … Continue reading

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Mass Senate Seeks a New Scapegoat

[Our guest post below is by Frank Soults at our HCFA partner, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. The MIRA Coalition will be holding a press conference on Wednesday, May 26, at 9:15 a.m. in State House Room 437, to … Continue reading

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Close the Tobacco “Candy” Loophole

Today’s guest blog post is by HCFA partner Russet Morrow Breslau, Executive Director, Tobacco Free Mass: In 2008, the state increased the cigarette tax by $1 per pack, to a total of $2.51. But the tax on kid-friendly, inexpensive other … Continue reading

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