Monthly Archives: December 2010

State Extends Lifeline to CommCare Bridge and Medical Security Programs

Two major positive developments in Massachusetts health policy yesterday: First, the legislature approved a supplemental appropriations bill (pdf) that includes $20 million in funds for the Commonwealth Care Bridge program. Without the funds, coverage would have ended on January 31. … Continue reading

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New Year’s Break Required Reading: Achieving Accountable and Affordable Care

We expect 2011 to be the year of cost control for Massachusetts health policy. Governor Patrick and both chambers’ legislative leadership have made clear that this is priority one — and we agree. This means complicated proposals around ACOs, global … Continue reading

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And Now, A Word From Our Sponsor

The season of giving is almost over and there are only a few days left to donate to HCFA in 2010. Please help us provide health care education, enrollment services and advocacy that the people of Massachusetts deserve. In order … Continue reading

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More From Ezra – Connector Makes Shopping Easy

As a followup to his column Saturday (and our blog report), Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein exposes the nation to the ease of using the Connector website to compare and purchase plans, by highlighting a Bay State reader’s comment: I’m … Continue reading

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Getting to Better Care: End of Year Sale

The latest edition of our regular feature blogging payment reform bring lots of great links and thought-provoking ideas to share for the end of the year – all free of charge. WBUR’s CommonHealth blog continues to be a great source … Continue reading

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Post Columnist Highlights Success of MA Health Reform

Washington Post blogger and columnist Ezra Klein again masterfully explains the lessons of Massachusetts health reform – politics and substance – in the national context. From his latest column: The health-reform bill President Obama signed into law this year was … Continue reading

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Lessons From HCFA’s Incoming Legislator Briefing: The More You Learn, The More There Is To Learn

Our health care system is complicated. Several new legislators and their staffers came to understand that even more today as they participated in HCFA’s incoming legislator briefing here at 30 Winter Street. Representatives Geoff Diehl, Russell Holmes, and Paul Brodeur, … Continue reading

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Re Globe SSI Series: “When did providing health insurance to kids with disabilities become a bad thing?”

Two of our close partners, Linda Landry of the Disability Law Center and Sarah Anderson at Greater Boston Legal Services wrote this response to the Boston Globe series on SSI. Here’s their guest post: When did providing health insurance to … Continue reading

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Quality and Cost Council Meets Wednesday

The QCC is meeting this Wednesday, December 15, 1-3pm, 1 Ashburton Place, 21st floor. The agenda (pdf) includes reports from the committees (cost containment, quality and safety, communications and transparency, and payment reform), an update from the administrative director on … Continue reading

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Breathtakingly Historic: Universal Coverage for Kids Achieved in MA

For us at HCFA, the report of the continued increase in insurance coverage cheered us yet again. The 2010 Massachusetts Health Insurance Survey from DHCFP reported the extraordinary finding that 98.1% of all Massachusetts residents have coverage, a statistically significant … Continue reading

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