Monthly Archives: July 2010

URGENT FMAP ALERT! SENATE VOTING TODAY THIS WEEK!

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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