Category Archives: Health Disparities

Health Disparities Bill Advancing in House (UPDATE)

The State House News Service reported on Friday that the House Ways and Means Committee is voting on legislation to create a permanent Office of Health Equity within the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. (UPDATE: On February 3, … 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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Women’s Preventive Care Gets Support

One of the most well received provisions of the Affordable Care Act has been the requirement that new health plans cover recommended preventive health services at no cost to plan members. Last summer, the US Health and Human Services issued … Continue reading

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43.5 Million Congratulations, Community Health Centers

Following through on its commitment to improve public health and bolster community health care facilities, last Friday the Obama Administration approved $43.5 million in federal grant funding to improve and expand eight community health centers throughout the Commonwealth. Massachusetts received … Continue reading

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What’s Your Health Code?

Just months after the Health of Boston report found that black and Latino residents continued to experience higher levels of chronic disease, mortality, and poorer health outcomes compared to white residents, the Boston Public Health Commission launched a new health … Continue reading

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Women and Health Reform

On Wednesday, a packed room of women (and a few brave men) gathered to hear a panel of leaders in Massachusetts health care reform speak about how state and national reform impacts women’s health coordinated by the Massachusetts Health Policy … Continue reading

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