Monthly Archives: January 2013

Health Policy Commission’s Delivery Reform Committee Gets To Work

Today, the Health Policy Commission’s subcommittee on Care Delivery and Payment System Reform met for the first time.  Present at the meeting were David Cutler, Marylou Sudders, Jean Yang, Carole Allen (by telephone), and David Seltz.  Wendy Everett was present … Continue reading

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Globe Spotlights Public Health Dental Hygienists

Today’s Boston Globe features a piece on the 31 licensed public health dental hygienists in the Commonwealth. Longtime readers of this blog know that oral health is inextricable for overall health. They also know that despite a large body of … Continue reading

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HCFA Hosts Legislators At Bill Cosponsorship Fair

Last Thursday, Health Care for All hosted its bi-annual legislative cosponsorship fair for the new session on Beacon Hill. HCFA invited senators, representatives, and their staff to engage HCFA policy staff in a dialogue about our legislative priorities this session … Continue reading

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Budget FY 2014, Round 1: House 1

Governor Patrick released his Fiscal Year 2014 budget proposal today, which continues this administration’s strong commitment to ensuring access to affordable, quality health care for everyone in Massachusetts. Budgets have both a revenue side and a spending side. This budget … Continue reading

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Reflections on the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Today marks the 40th the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. As I reflect on what that means for me personally and for women across the country, I am struck that even … Continue reading

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Health Policy Commission Begins to Begin

The Health Policy Commission convened for the third time yesterday (1/16/13), in a packed room atop 1 Ashburton. The Commission is still mainly in the getting-up-and-running-stage, and discussion focused mostly on the Board’s responsibility to regulate the maximum cost growth … Continue reading

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Connector Board Discusses Product Offerings & Wellness Regulations

Yesterday was the first Connector Board meeting with the Health Connector’s new Executive Director, Jean Yang, and with the previous Executive Director, Glen Shor, chairing the meeting in his new role as Secretary of the Executive Office of Administration & … Continue reading

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