Monthly Archives: April 2011

Let’s make them see R.E.D. on Tuesday!

Restore Essential Dental Benefits for Mass Residents Oral health is full body health. So, why would Massachusetts – the state that pioneered universal healthcare for all residents – slash dental benefits for those that need it most? The answer is … Continue reading

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Well, this is scary

Senator Brown should know that the “GOP Plan to Cut Medicaid Spending” is a dagger aimed right at Massachusetts. Here’s our analysis from a few weeks ago: Deep cuts would be made to both the Medicaid funds Massachusetts is expecting … Continue reading

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Did the House of Representatives Think They Could Quietly Vote to Repeal the Gift Ban?

Did members of the House of Representatives think no one would notice when they vote to repeal a popular law? The reaction to the House vote to repeal the 2008 law banning most gifts to prescribers from drug and device … Continue reading

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House Restores Funding for CommCare Bridge

Last night, the House voted in favor of the consolidated Health & Human Services amendment, which included $25 million for Commonwealth Care Bridge, the health coverage program for legal immigrants who were denied Commonwealth Care coverage beginning in the summer … Continue reading

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Meet Boston Young Healthcare Professionals: Connecting the Next Generation of Healthcare Leaders

[Note: this is a guest post by Jessica R. Hamilton, Co-Founder and Co-Chair of Boston Young Healthcare Professionals & former HCFA staffer] We all know Massachusetts is a state of innovation and firsts. But nothing tops our state’s list of … Continue reading

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House Budget: Good News/Bad News/Good News

Some items from day 2 of the House budget debate and votes on amendments: Good News: A strong group of dental students and advocates gathered this afternoon at the State House to speak up for oral health. In just under … Continue reading

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HCFA Welcomes Dr. Biondolillo as Director of Safety and Quality at DPH

The new Director of the Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality, Dr. Madeleine Biondolillo, is stepping into her new role today. Dr. Alice Bonner, the previous Director, left in February to take a position at the Centers for Medicare … Continue reading

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