Monthly Archives: December 2012

HCFA Looks Ahead to 2013

Happy New Year from all of HCFA (see our staff picture above)! The year 2013 will be a critical year for health care in Massachusetts. State government will be making numerous decisions that will directly impact the availability, cost and … Continue reading

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And now a word from our sponsors

The season of giving is almost over and there are only a few days left to donate to HCFA in 2012. Please help us provide health care education, enrollment services and advocacy that the people of Massachusetts deserve. In order … Continue reading

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Connecting Small Businesses to Coverage

Earlier this year, HCFA conducted a needs assessment, commissioned by the Health Connector, among Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking small businesses about how they provide or don’t provide health coverage to their employees. The survey is a part of the work we’re … Continue reading

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Consumer Tool for Medical Decision-Making

The Informed Medical Decisions Foundation has created a worksheet titled “I Wish I Had Asked That” (PDF) for patients to use during medical appointments when they are faced with making decisions among treatment or testing options.  This is a very useful … Continue reading

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HPC Meets: Reality Hits The Fan; and 11 Upvotes for @Seltzy

Yesterday the Health Policy Commission (HPC) held its second meeting. While its initial meeting was all about the promise of health care cost control and quality improvement, at this meeting the enormity of the work ahead for them became apparent. … Continue reading

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… And Congratulations, Jean

The reshuffle of Gov. Patrick’s top cabinet officials has brought another committed and skilled person into a leadership position. We are pleased to hear that Jean Yang, currently the Connector’s Chief Financial Officer, will take the helm as the agency’s … Continue reading

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Amy in Africa (Part 2)

Amy Whitcomb Slemmer, our Executive Director, is in Africa visiting hospitals in Tanzania and Uganda to learn about the health care systems in these countries. You can read her first dispatch here. Below is her latest update: Kasese, Uganda It is … Continue reading

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