Monthly Archives: April 2013

House Approves MassHealth Dental Fillings in Budget; Still Cuts MassHealth

It was hard to notice. But an obscure section in a the final, technical amendment during the House budget debate would allow over 800,000 low-income adults to receive dental fillings under the budget approved by the Massachusetts House of Representatives … Continue reading

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Hour Limits on Interns May Have Unintended Consequences

No one wants an exhausted doctor making decisions about their health. That’s why the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, which is charged with accrediting American medical residency programs, has continued to take steps to limit the time doctors in … Continue reading

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This is Scary: MRSA Transmission From Animals To Us

A recent study has confirmed that methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is being transmitted from animals to people (NY Times story, and NPR story). While this has long been suspected, the University of Cambridge study uncovered more concrete evidence by studying … Continue reading

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Each of Us Doing Our Part in Boston After the Attacks – HCFA Available to Navigate Health Care Coverage Challenges

Health Care For All is getting the word out that our free HelpLine is available to assist Massachusetts residents with insurance issues following the Marathon attacks. The HelpLine counselors are unparalleled in their understanding of our health care system and … Continue reading

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SQAC Prioritizes Patient-Centered Care and Behavioral Health

The Statewide Quality Advisory Committee met Monday and discussed priorities for the coming year as they prepare to solicit nominations for measures to be considered for the Statewide Quality Measure Set and as they consider experts they would like to … Continue reading

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House Budget Debate: Call Now For MassHealth Dental Coverage and Staffing

This week starts the budget process in the state House of Representatives. For the next 3-4 days, the House will deal with some 888 amendments. The full budget and amendments are here.  You can also download the “Amendment Book” which … Continue reading

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One Week

This past week has been a tough one for all of us. Our thoughts go out to the families who are grieving the loss of loved ones and all those who are recovering from injuries. But, a week after the … Continue reading

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