Monthly Archives: April 2012

Introducing What Makes Better Care? The Series. Part 1: Patient Centered Care

As the House and Senate get close to releasing their versions of comprehensive payment and delivery reform legislation, the Campaign For Better Care, with the help of students from the Harvard School of Public Health, will be doing a series … Continue reading

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Washington Post Visits HCFA: “Meet Kate Bicego, the woman who knows how to implement Obamacare”

Yesterday, Sarah Kliff from the Washington Post’s Wonkblog visited HCFA and Community Catalyst, and here’s her fabulous report: Meet Kate Bicego, the woman who knows how to implement Obamacare. Kate is HCFA’s Helpline Manager, and, as Kliff reported, she and … Continue reading

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Press Statement: Health Care For All, MASSPIRG, AARP Deeply Disappointed by House Repeal of the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Gift Ban

The state’s largest consumer, health care and senior organizations are deeply disappointed that House members voted to repeal the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Gift Ban and Disclosure Law, commonly known as the gift ban, during yesterday’s budget debate. Included in … Continue reading

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Payment Reform – The Impact On Jobs & The Economy

What will the impact of lowering health care cost growth be on jobs? The health care provider industry is warning about the possible loss of jobs in the health care provider industry. This is apparently striking a chord among some … Continue reading

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Breaking: Procedural Progress on Payment Reform – Senate Debate Expected Mid-May (UPDATE From Sen. Moore)

Today the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing discharged the Governor’s payment reform bill, and the bill was assigned to the Senate Ways and Means Committee. This is the procedural step for the Senate to go first on its version … Continue reading

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House Budget Debate: HCFA Priorities

The House budget debate turns to health care-related issues today. For the past week HCFA and the coalitions we help lead have been pounding the halls of the State House seeking support for budget amendments that strengthen our health care … Continue reading

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Feliz Cumpleaños to Massachusetts Health Reform – Similar Gains in Hispanic Coverage Expected Nationally Under ACA

Last week Health Care For All and Community Catalyst, Massachusetts leaders and consumers gathered at the State House to highlight the success of health care reform among Hispanics in the state. This month marks the 6th anniversary of passage of … Continue reading

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Globe Letters Look Towards Effective Payment Reform and Cost Control

Last week the Globe editorialized for a go-slow approach to a state regulatory role in payment reform. The editorial did recommend a number of our priorities, supporting “promoting accountable care, furthering transparency, highlighting effective practices, increasing consumer knowledge and incentives, … Continue reading

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Budget Prep: House Ways and Means Budget Analysis

Next week the House begins its debate on the FY 2012 budget. HCFA is supporting a number of amendments to improve access to health care in Massachusetts, and we are opposing a number of amendments that would hurt our health … Continue reading

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HCFA, MASSPIRG, AARP Urge Preservation of the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Gift Ban

The state’s largest consumer, health care and senior organizations called on House members to oppose the partial repeal of the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Gift Ban Law, commonly known as the gift ban, included in the House Ways and Means … Continue reading

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