Category Archives: budget

The budget is everything in health care policy

Wonk Alert: Health Reform Trust Fund Primer

Wonks, start your salivating. This is the real thing. How good is this?: As noted above, some budgeted funds segregate revenue for a particular purpose, but in most cases this is revenue that would otherwise go into the General Fund. … Continue reading

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Happy Fiscal New Year! House, Senate Send FY 2014 Budget to Governor, With Some Good News for MassHealth Dental Coverage

Today the House and Senate sent to the Governor the FY 2014 budget (giant pdf), which  was filed by the joint conference committee late last night. Any minute now, we’ll get a detailed report from our friends at the Mass … Continue reading

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DOMA Decision Impacts Health Insurance, State Budget

Today’s Supreme Court decision holding part of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional will have a number of impacts on health insurance eligibility and costs for same-sex married couples. It also might impact the state budget. Attorney General Martha Coakley … Continue reading

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Senate Budget Ups Some Health Funds

After two long days (and long nights), the Senate finalized their budget for Fiscal Year 2014 (which starts in July), and in doing so brought some good tidings for health in Massachusetts. Perhaps the greatest win was in oral health … Continue reading

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Senate Budget Debate Starts Wednesday – Here’s Our Amendment Recommendations

Tomorrow the state Senate will begin debating its version of the state budget for fiscal year 2014, which begins on July 1. Like the House budget did, the Senate Ways and Means version starts out with a strong commitment 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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House Budget: Funds ACA, Cuts Dental, Cuts Public Health. But It’s Mostly About the Revenue.

It’s all about the revenue. Yesterday the House released its proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year. With the House counting on much less revenue than the Governor called for, they used two strategies to bring the budget into balance: … Continue reading

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