Monthly Archives: July 2010


The Senate will be making another attempt to extend enhanced FMAP (federal Medicaid reimbursement; background) on Monday (UPDATE: see below). The additional funds are critical for Massachusetts. Among the many programs dependent on FMAP is coverage for legal immigrants. Without … Continue reading

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Caritas and Cerberus: The Train has left the Station – Looking to DPH and AG to Protect Communities and Consumers

The proposed conversion of the Caritas Christi Hospital network from a non-profit to a for-profit owned by the Wall Street public equity firm Cerberus appears to be on the fast track. Health Care For All and residents in the hospitals’ … Continue reading

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The Final Countdown

UPDATE 4:00 pm Friday: State House News Service is reporting that the conference committee compromise preserves the pharma and medical device gift ban and marketing restrictions. HCFA thanks the conferees and the House and Senate leadership for their support. Time … Continue reading

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Volunteer Dentistry Bill Reaches Governor’s Desk

Access to oral health care is essential to maintaining overall health. The Oral Health Advocacy Taskforce supports measures that promote access and delivery of crucial oral health services through having a strong network of multiple providers. In the current economic … Continue reading

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Legislature Moves To Help Families – And Has A Chance To Help Even More

This week, advocates for children with special needs were pleased that the Autism Bill looks to be on track to move toward passage before the end of the Legislative session. The bill, which will require insurance coverage for a number … Continue reading

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Celebrate School Nutrition Victory – Friday, Noon

Tomorrow at the State House, the Massachusetts Public health Association (MPHA) will be hosting a celebration for the signing of the School Nutrition Bill (download invitation here). The bill will be signed tomorrow by Governor Patrick. The law, championed by … Continue reading

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Making Decisions at the End of Life

Dr. Atul Gawande’s latest piece in The New Yorker, “Letting Go,” brought tears to my eyes multiple times. I have not read a lot on end-of-life care, and what I have read so far is often less personal and more … Continue reading

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No Special Tax Breaks For Alcohol: The No On 1 Campaign Kicks Off

On Wednesday afternoon, the Committee Against Repeal of Alcohol Tax held the kick-off for its “Vote No on 1” campaign against the repeal of the alcohol tax outside the Massachusetts State House. Passionate speeches and a high energy level highlighted … Continue reading

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20 Years of Disability Progress Still Leaves Room for Improvement

This week is the 20th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, which mandates equal opportunities for individuals with disabilities in employment, access to public facilities, transportation and telecommunications. Here in Boston, this important landmark was celebrated with a march … Continue reading

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Drug and Device Marketing Gift Ban and Disclosure Law In The Balance: Act Now

HCFA urges the legislature to put patients first and not repeal the drug and device gift ban and disclosure law. Section 105 in the House version of the the Economic Reorganization Bill would repeal Massachusetts’ groundbreaking drug and device marketing … Continue reading

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