Monthly Archives: June 2012

Our Press Statement: Moving Forward With Health Reform (UPDATED: with video)

(At a packed State House press event today, all of the key groups that came together to pass Massachusetts health reform celebrated the Supreme Court decision and affirmed our collective desire to move forward. The highlight was presentations by two … Continue reading

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More Than A Footnote: HCFA/HLA Amicus Brief Cited in SCOTUS Opinion

On page 8 of Justice Ginsburg’s concurring opinion (page 73 in this pdf), she cites the amicus brief submitted by Health Care For All along with our partners HLA, MHA, GBIO, Community Catalyst and the Mass League of Community Health … Continue reading

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Grateful and Proud. Join Us at 1:00 this afternoon, State House Room 437.

Under the slogan “Massachusetts Health Reform: Moving Forward”, stakeholders that worked together to pass Chapter 58 (the 2006 Massachusetts health reform law) will react to today’s Supreme Court decision affirming the constitutionality of the federal Affordable Care Act and will … Continue reading

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Big Foot Enters: Lobbying Efforts Intensifying on Prescription Drug Marketing Gift Ban

AARP is the largest membership organization in the Commonwealth, with over 800,000 members in Massachusetts. With state budget conferees about to make the final decision on the prescription drug marketing gift ban, they have revved up their engines for a … Continue reading

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And now a word from our sponsor…

The fiscal year ends on June 30th – there are just five days left to help Health Care For All this year! Health Care For All (HCFA) needs your support to fully fund our HelpLine. Will you make a donation today? HCFA’s … Continue reading

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Should Our Premium Dollars (and Tax Dollars) Pay For Willy Wonka?

Last week, WBZ-TV reporter Jon Keller turned his investigative eye to the pharmaceutical marketing gift ban. Who is suffering because Massachusetts law prohibits drug companies from showering doctors with fancy gifts and trinkets, as part of their marketing efforts to … Continue reading

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Mass. Individual Mandate: The Dog that Didn’t Bark…Yet Again

Individual mandate data released by the Health Connector and Department of Revenue from the 2010 tax year indicate that Massachusetts’ individual mandate is working.  The report shows that 99% of tax filers required to report health insurance status complied, and … Continue reading

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Take Action Today for a Strong Prevention Trust

HCFA and its Campaign for Better Care have been working with the Mass. Public Health Association to advocate for the creation of a Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund. This trust would offer funding for evidence based community programs that focus … Continue reading

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Drug Coupons Are A Bad Deal

As the House and Senate budgets head into conference committee negotiations, a new study reaffirms what we already know: prescription drug marketing coupons are a bad deal for health care consumers. The study, The Cost of Drug Coupons, published in … Continue reading

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Mass moving forward with ACA implementation

Yesterday the House and Senate passed a supplemental budget bill (pdf) that includes many provisions needed to move forward with implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Massachusetts. Governor Patrick is expected to sign the bill quickly. The bill includes important … Continue reading

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