Monthly Archives: March 2013

Thank You, Mr. Mayor

Boston without Mayor Menino at the helm?  Nearly impossible to imagine!  He’s been Mayor for most of Health Care For All’s history and he’s been a terrific friend as he has made Boston healthier, safer and ready for success in … Continue reading

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Nominate a Compassionate Caregiver

Anyone who has spent time in a hospital knows how much of a difference compassion and support from caregivers can make. Ken Schwartz, a Boston healthcare attorney who died at 40 after a struggle with lung cancer, believed in the … Continue reading

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Seeking Uninsured or Recently Uninsured Adults to Inform Outreach

Are you an adult who does not have health insurance, or didn’t until recently? Or do you know adults in this situation? We are looking for people to be interviewed or take part in a focus group in April. Everyone … Continue reading

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Honoring John Auerbach – and For The People

Last week we celebrate the accomplishments of Distinguished Professor and former head of the Department of Public Health John Auerbach by creating the first ever “John Auerbach Community Leader Award.” John’s work is nationally recognized and has improved the lives … Continue reading

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Mass. CAP Kicks Off ACA Education Campaign With Ten Regional Partners

The Massachusetts Consumer Assistance Program (Mass. CAP), led by Health Care for All and Health Law Advocates, launched an outreach and education campaign training on March 15th to educate communities in Massachusetts about their new rights and responsibilities under the Affordable … Continue reading

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Connector Board Approves Affordabililty and MCC Regulations

Today the Connector Board approved the final 2013 Affordability Schedule and changes to Minimum Creditable Coverage (MCC) regulations; discussed the Health Connector’s proposed navigator program; and considered market feedback on the Health Connector’s sub-connector program model. Materials from the meeting … Continue reading

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Health Policy Commission Starts Doing Stuff

The Health Policy Commission met on Tuesday, March 12.  The Commission began diving into the substance, approving regulations and guidance documents on several fronts. Meeting materials available here (pdf), and our complete report is after the break.

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Uninsured in Massachusetts Still Exist and Face Daunting Challenges

While Massachusetts has the lowest uninsurance rate in the nation (4.8% for adults age 19-64 and ~1% for children 18 and under), people continue to experience periods of uninsurance. We now know a lot more about the remaining uninsured in … Continue reading

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What’s all this brouhaha? Small group insurance premiums controversy erupts

Last Tuesday’s Globe lead editorial (“Mass. needs an Obamacare waiver for small-business health plans“) looked at an arcane issue that has turned into a big deal for some small business associations in Massachusetts. If you just read the editorial, or … Continue reading

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Patient Safety Week Guest Blog 4: Be Very Afraid, Then Do Something About it

Our fourth Patient Safety Week guest post is by Paula Griswold, Executive Director, MA Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors: We should all be very worried about whether there will be continued improvements in patient safety. Then we should … Continue reading

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