Monthly Archives: January 2011

More from HCFA’s Legislative Agenda

HCFA has a full plate of legislative proposals for the upcoming session. Last week we highlighted bills from ACT!!, our health reform coalition, and Massachusetts Prescription Reform Coalition. Two more coalition bills are summarized in this post. CHAC, the Children’s … Continue reading

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How should we talk about oral health?

Ask Kelsey Williams, Boston University School of Public Health alumna. Kesley Williams generously donated her time and expertise to help Health Care For All and the Oral Health Advocacy Taskforce put together a fantastic video that illustrates why oral health … Continue reading

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Budget Part II – MassHealth Cuts Puzzlement

[This is our second report on the Governor’s FY 12 budget proposal. Our earlier entry looked at public health.] The Governor released his recommended FY 2012 budget yesterday, and saving money in health care programs, particularly MassHealth, was a major … Continue reading

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Join HCFA’s Oral Health Team in Lawrence: TOMORROW!

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 adults and ensuring care for kids. Northeast Center for Healthy Communities … Continue reading

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FY 12 Budget I: Public Health: “a serious error in judgment”

[Note – We’re going to cover yesterday’s release by Governor Patrick of the FY2012 budget recommendations in two blog posts. This entry focuses on the cuts to public health] The startling statement from Senator Richard Moore, chair of the Health … Continue reading

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SAVE THE DATE: February 8, 2011

The 6th Annual Oral Health Heroes Event is undergoing a transformation! As you know, oral health and school success are inextricably linked. Nationally, children miss more than 51 million school hours each year due to dental disease. Dental decay can … Continue reading

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HCFA Rolls Out 2011-12 Legislative Agenda

Last week Massachusetts Representatives and Senators introduced over a dozen bills supported by HCFA and the various coalitions we lead. These bills would improve access to and the quality of care for everyone in Massachusetts, particularly those with the most … Continue reading

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Times Ponders Drug Coupon Issue

If given a choice between a name-brand drug and its generic equivalent, which drug would you prefer to take? If you spent more than two seconds contemplating the answer to this question, then drug companies know you better than you … Continue reading

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Patient Empowerment: More Than a Slogan

Please join us next month for a special event hosted by Health Care For All, the Massachusetts Campaign for Better Care and the Suffolk University Law School Health and Biomedical Law Concentration on Friday, February 11, 2011 at 8:30a.m. at … Continue reading

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QCC Updates

Wednesday’s Quality and Cost Council meeting (see materials here) included committee updates, the proposed FY12 budget, a few details about payment reform and a patient engagement presentation by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Both the Cost Containment Committee and the … Continue reading

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