Monthly Archives: December 2013

Connector Open Early, Closing Late on New Year’s Eve

Ring in the new year with coverage. From the Health Connector: In an effort to give applicants every opportunity possible to complete an application for health insurance coverage starting in January, the Health Connector’s customer service center will be open … Continue reading

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And Now, A Word From Our Sponsor

The season of giving is almost over and there are only two days left to donate to Health Care For All in 2013. Please help us provide health care education, enrollment services, and advocacy that the people of Massachusetts deserve. … Continue reading

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BREAKING: Connector Extends Deadline For January Coverage

The Health Connector has just extended the deadline for many people to either select a plan and make their first premium payment. The Connector’s release is here ( (UPDATE: See the latest enrollment Q and A with Connector spokesperson Jason … Continue reading

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Give the gift of health this holiday season!

As we approach the last days of 2013, please consider making a donation to Health Care For All. Below are the ways that you can support our efforts to ensure that everybody has high quality, affordable health care. What better … Continue reading

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Is The Price Right? Now You Can Check. Massachusetts Issues Consumer-Friendly Transparency Guidelines for Health Insurers

Economist Uwe Reinhardt has an apt description of how the complete lack of information around health insurance prices feels to consumers: “Imagine a department store whose customers are blindfolded before entering. A shopper might enter the store seeking to buy … Continue reading

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Connector Update on Temporary Coverage for People Seeking Subidized Insurance

Connector Executive Director Jean Yang called it “a backup to the backup” in a Boston Globe article about plans in process to prevents gaps or delays in coverage despite major dysfunction in the state’s online eligibility and enrollment processing system. … Continue reading

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Health Policy Commission Looks Backward, Forward, Southward

The Health Policy Commission met Wednesday December 18, for its 11th full meeting. The bulk of the meeting focused on a presentation of the preliminary findings of the 2013 Cost Trends Report and an update on the Cost and Market … Continue reading

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Out Today: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About ACA Implementation in MA

It’s re-re-reforming reform. A part II sequel, like Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise. (We’re not going to say Attack of the Clones). What it is an updated, comprehensive, readable, understandable guide to all the changes happening to … Continue reading

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HPC Committee Hears Testimony on Consumer Appeals Regulation

The Health Policy Commission’s (HPC) Quality Improvement and Patient Protection Committee held a hearing Monday on proposed amendments to 958 CMR 3.000, the Office of Patient Protection (OPP) regulation governing health plan internal and external appeals procedures.  The proposed amendments … Continue reading

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SQAC Looks At Quality Measures

The Statewide Quality Advisory Committee (SQAC)  met this week for its final 2013 meeting. The group looked at an overview of the current Standard Quality Measure Set (SQMS), which includes 128 measures, 93 of which are mandated and 35 or … Continue reading

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