Monthly Archives: January 2014

The End of an Era – A Legislative Giant Retires in Washington

Normally, the retirement of a member of Congress representing a district nearly 2,000 miles from Massachusetts would not be mentioned on this blog.  But Congressman Henry Waxman’s announcement today that he will be leaving public life at the end of … Continue reading

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DPH Announces Historic Prevention Trust Grants

Huge news. Today the Department of Public Health announced the first grant awards to nine recipients from the $60 million Massachusetts Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund. This marks a historic milestone in Massachusetts health reform, as we expand our focus … Continue reading

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Health Policy Commission Unveils 2013 Cost Trends Report and Awards $10M for Community Hospitals

The Health Policy Commission (HPC) met Wednesday, January 8, for its first meeting of 2014.  Following suit from the last full meeting, the 2013 Cost Trends Report was a main topic of discussion. Also on deck was a presentation about … Continue reading

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DPH: Asked To Do More With Less

These are the weeks that the final decisions on the governor’s budget proposal for next year are being made by the administration. We have a number of budget requests for health care, starting with full restoration of dental benefits for … Continue reading

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Connector Discusses Website Woes & Coverage Workarounds

Today’s Connector Board meeting focused on open enrollment progress, IT issues and coverage workarounds. The Connector leadership expressed a strong commitment to extending coverage to everyone eligible, without gaps and delays. At the same time, they acknowledged continuing problems with … Continue reading

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Confusion and Cost Create Barriers To Dental Coverage Plans

For years advocates have worked to share a message that Massachusetts knows well: Oral health is critical to overall health, and dental insurance is health insurance. The messaging looked like it would pay off when dental coverage for children was … Continue reading

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DPH Listening Session, and Compassion in Action Empathy Webinar

Two Upcoming Events of Interest: The MA Department of Public Health has been holding a series of Community Health Dialogues around the state to talk about the work and priorities of the Department and hear from community members about their … Continue reading

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Happy New Year. Happy New MassHealth. And Goodbye To MassHealth Essential & Basic.

Raise a glass and sing Auld Lang Syne to remember two historic MassHealth programs that are ending today. New Years Day 2014 brings profound changes to MassHealth, our Medicaid and CHIP program. These changes will transform the program as much … Continue reading

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