Monthly Archives: July 2011

Patient Safety Bill Advances

Good news for patients – and for those who want to improve care, and save costs: House 1519, “An Act reducing medical errors and improving patient safety,” (bill text, (pdf)) was reported out favorably today by the Committee on Public … Continue reading

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Want Lower Health Insurance Rates? Urge Senators to Preserve the Governor’s Vetoes.

Governor Patrick vetoed three sections in the Massachusetts FY 2012 budget to ensure the state has better control over escalating health care costs. Yesterday the House overrode the vetoes, and they will be coming up in the Senate soon, possibly … Continue reading

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Let Scott Brown Know What You Think

Last week, we called on Senator Scott Brown to come down on the side of protecting Medicaid and Medicare in the ongoing budget and debt fights. The Globe had reported that Senator Brown “hasn’t yet taken a firm position. ‘Senator … Continue reading

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Why we need payment reform, reason number 36,050

We were working on a post about why we spend millions on cancer care, yet little on cancer prevention, and the pressures on physicians to increase costs at the expense of patients’ needs, when we came across this post by … Continue reading

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Weekend Updates: Medicaid Rally, Immigrant Court Case, McDonough Book

1. Rally Calls on Senator Brown to Support Medicaid: Last week HCFA joined with 1199SEIU, the Boston Center For Independent Living and other groups to firmly call on Senator Brown to protect Medicaid in the debt ceiling and budget fights. … Continue reading

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Dispatch from our Community Organizers: What’s next?

Summer is setting in. Beaches are crowded on Saturdays. Ice cream lines are long. And Friday afternoon traffic out of the city is unbearable. But that isn’t slowing down our health care activists who are now, more than ever, pounding … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Receives Failing Mark on Public Health Report Card

A report card (pdf) released today delivers some discouraging news about Massachusetts public health. The public health report card was developed by The Boston Foundation and NEHI as part of the Healthy People/Healthy Economy Coalition, and highlights areas of strengths … Continue reading

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