Category Archives: National Health Reform

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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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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Connector Board Report: Lingering Legacy, and Moving Forward

With just a few weeks before ACA coverage programs begin, the Connector Board met today to discuss website and coverage issues, vote on final regulations for student plans and the new ConnectorCare subsidized coverage program, and approve customer service and … Continue reading

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This Thanksgiving, We’re Thankful For Health Reform

Thanksgiving is about being grateful. Here at Health Care For All, we see every day the impact Massachusetts health reform has on people all around us. We know it can work, because we’ve seen it work. That’s why we’re grateful … Continue reading

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HCFA Urges Massachusetts To Reject Extending Non-Compliant Plans (UPDATE: Admin agrees with us)

The Obama administration’s decision to permit insurers to continue to offer plans they otherwise would have cancelled (here’s some good place-it-in-context background from The New Republic’s Jon Cohn) is still subject to state insurance market rules. Already a number of … Continue reading

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President Comes To Town

Last week, on a day full of victories, the President of the United States visited Boston to defend the Affordable Care Act. He began his historic appearance at Faneuil Hall with the self-deprecating and not altogether untrue observation that his … Continue reading

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Jon Stewart, Of Course

Last night Jon Stewart, of course, put the latest newsblork in the proper context. Go watch it. One more thing that should be mentioned in this whole “if you like your plan, you can keep it” thing is the disruption … Continue reading

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Senator Warren: “Our experience in Massachusetts suggests that it might be prudent to take a deep breath”

At today’s Obamacare hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, Senator Elizabeth Warren brought in the voice of experience – the Massachusetts health reform experience. In her question to federal CMS adminstrator Marylyn Tavenner, Senator Warren repeated … Continue reading

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Enroll America Reports on Massachusetts Health Reform Education Campaign

Enroll America is the national non-profit working to to maximize the number of uninsured Americans who enroll in health coverage made available by the Affordable Care Act. They are focusing on states with the highest numbers of uninsured, as you … Continue reading

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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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