Category Archives: Children’s Health

Massachusetts Student Health Insurance is Getting Better

As implementation of the Affordable Care Act moves forward, Massachusetts policymakers continue to update state laws and regulations.  Recently, the Health Connector released proposed regulatory changes to the Massachusetts Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP) (pdf). Since the 1988 Dukakis universal … 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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Children’s Budget – New Resource Looks At How We Meet Health, Other Kids Needs

Guest post by Nancy Wagman,  Kids Count Project Director at The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center One of the most important things we do through our government is help children grow and thrive. We build schools to educate them; we … Continue reading

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Public Health Committee Approves CMSP, Drug Marketing, Outreach Bills

Yesterday the Joint Committee on Public Health, chaired by Senator Susan Fargo and Representative Jeffrey Sanchez recommended favorably 27 bills, and moved along two additional bills to the Committee on Health Care Financing.  Among the bills were some important HCFA … Continue reading

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Report Highlights Massachusetts Success In Children’s Enrollment

A survey released today by the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured (KCMU) showcased experiences of four states – Massachusetts, Alabama, Iowa, and Oregon – at the forefront of the nation’s recent gains in children’s health coverage. … Continue reading

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CMS Honors HCFA Staffer and Massachusetts Children’s Outreach

This week the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recognized HCFA’s Children’s Health Policy and Outreach Manager, Dayanne Leal, for her outstanding efforts to identify and enroll eligible children in MassHealth and other children’s health program. Dayanne was … Continue reading

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Watch: Federal HHS Video Highlights HCFA Phone-A-Thon

On September 29th, 2010, the “got coverage? Health Coverage For Kids and Teens” campaign launched a Phone-A-Thon to enroll children. This was HCFA’s first ever event of this type, and it was a resounding success. To put this day into … Continue reading

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Got Coverage? 1,479 More Kids in MA Do Now!

It’s been a whirlwind month, but the first phase of the “got coverage?” Kids Enrollment Challenge is DONE! And thanks to the tireless efforts of 66 enrollment organizations statewide, HCFA is proud to announce that 1,479 previously uninsured children now … Continue reading

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Challenge: Enroll All Kids. Timeline: May 2011. Prizes: Valuable Cash. Winners: Everyone

The May 2011 Statewide Enrollment Challenge has officially begun! Across the state, 66 organizations have accepted the challenge to continue their hard work and enroll as many eligible children into health care as they can during the month of May. … Continue reading

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Stroller In To Protest Early Intervention Cuts

Yesterday members of the Children’s Health Access Coalition went to the State House to join over 300 parents, kids and supporters in a Stroller-In to support Early Intervention and protest the substantial budget cuts that Early Intervention faces in the … Continue reading

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