Monthly Archives: September 2012

Join Us at the Purple Bus Tour – Friday, Noon, City Hall Plaza

On Friday (9/28) at noon, the Purple Bus Tour pulls into City Hall Plaza, by the Government Center T stop. Kathie McClure is a lawyer and a mother of two from Georgia who embarked in “The Purple Bus adventure” … Continue reading

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Nu B-mark 4U: New State Cost Containment Web Site

The Governor’s office today unveiled a new website that will serve as a central information source on the implementation of the Chapter 224, the Health Care Payment and Delivery System Reform law: From the state’s news release: – The … Continue reading

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We’re Still Number 1. Not News Anymore?

Today the Census released the American Community Survey, with state-level data on income, poverty and insurance coverage. The Mass Budget and Policy Center has all the numbers, including a page on health insurance, which is the source of the graphic … Continue reading

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Legislature: “Only Modest Meals.” DPH: “Order Whatever You’d Like. The Bar is Open!”

Today the Department of Public Health approved temporary regulations that make a mockery of the legislature’s changes to the state’s drug and device marketing restrictions, further eroding doctor-patient protections (see joint press release from HCFA, AARP, MassPIRG and Community Catalyst … Continue reading

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Connector Board Approves Non-Standardized CommChoice Plans and Looks Ahead to ACA Implementation

Today, the Connector Board met to consider offering non-standardized plans in Commonwealth Choice and discuss the Connector’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation work.  Materials from the meeting are posted here.

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Nominations for MITSS HOPE Award

Our friends at MITSS (Medically Induced Trauma Support Services) are currently accepting nominations for the 2012 MITSS Hope Award. The MITSS HOPE Award recognizes people–families, healthcare providers, hospitals (or teams or departments therein), academic institutions, community health centers, grassroots organizations, … Continue reading

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Honoring Those Who Serve

Today we remember the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. As we remember these events, let us also remember the men and women who are serving and their families. For the last 11 years, military personnel and … Continue reading

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