Monthly Archives: October 2010

The Health Care Case Against Question 3

As the video above says, Question 3 on the Massachusetts ballot next week would cut the state sales tax, devastating health care programs. Health Care For All urges a no vote on the Question 3 (and Question 1). An analysis … Continue reading

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Too Acute?

If the scenario sounds like a nightmare, it’s only because it is one. Imagine you are the parent of a child with significant mental health needs. One night, your child tells you that he is hearing voices. Soon thereafter, he … Continue reading

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Podcast on PFACs

Deb Wachenheim, HCFA’s Health Quality Manager, was interviewed recently by Helen Osborne, a health literacy expert, about Patient and Family Advisory Councils-what they are, how they can make a difference in health care, and how HCFA and the Consumer Health … Continue reading

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“How should we talk about oral health?”

“How should we talk about oral health?” This Thursday in Hyannis! Oral health IS health. We want your opinions to help shape a new campaign focused on improving access to critical oral health care, including restoring full MassHealth benefits for … Continue reading

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Gruber For The Defense

MIT economist and Connector Board members Jonathan Gruber uses the Massachusetts experience to provide two smart, analytic defenses of health reform. Both columns appeared on the Citizen Cohn blog at The New Republic. In A Health Reform Critic Flunks Math, … Continue reading

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Getting to Better Care: Halloween edition

In this installment of our Getting to Better Care roundup (see past entries on the HCFA website), we feature some good news, some updates and (as always) a little bit of fun: Massachusetts Medical Society released its ninth annual Physician … Continue reading

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MassHealth Recognized For Reducing Paperwork Burden to Keep Kids Enrolled

The Maximizing Enrollment for Kids program works with states to encourage the enrollment and retention of eligible children in Medicaid and CHIP and establish and promote best practices among 8 states, including Massachusetts. The program, funded by the Robert Wood … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Why Prescription Drugs are an Essential Health Benefit

This guest post is by Marc Hymovitz, Director of Government Relations and Advocacy for the American Cancer Society, New England Division. Marc has been a long-time leader in the ACT!! health reform coalition, and a strong advocate for comprehensive health … Continue reading

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The Real Cost of Drug Company Payments to Physicians

The Boston Globe definitely got it right this morning in its editorial explaining how pharmaceutical company payments to “dodgy doctors” hurt the drug companies’ credibility: It’s ethically dubious whenever a drug company pays doctors to tout its products, for the … Continue reading

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Happiest Place on Earth Report (Updated)

Georgia Maheras, HCFA’s Private Market Policy Manager, is in Orlando this week as a consumer representative at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners fall meeting. She’s one of 28 designated consumer voices, competing with thousands of insurance industry lobbyists for … Continue reading

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