Category Archives: National Health Reform

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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Governor Patrick: Health Care Reform Works in Massachusetts and It Will Work in America

Governor Patrick published a piece in the Huffington Post today with the self-explaining title, “Health Care Reform Works in Massachusetts and It Will Work in America.” In the piece, the Governor goes beyond the statistics and presents some stories (that’s … Continue reading

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Too Much Ongoing At Once Edition (plus a funny video at the end)

October 1 was full up in HCFAland. At the State House, the Public Health Committee held a hearing on a number of bills dealing with prescription drugs and related topics. HCFA advocated forcefully for restricting prescription drug marketing that interferes … Continue reading

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Obamacare in Massachusetts: Incremental Transformation

Understandably, there’s lots media attention on October 1 as the D-Day for health reform. The health insurance marketplaces will be newly open in every state (of course, in  Massachusetts we’ve had our Health Connector since 2006),  and people can shop … Continue reading

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It’s World Contraception Day!

[Today’s guest blog is by Erica Brunner, former HCFA staffer and now a leader at NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts.] In the past, laws like those that prevented unmarried women from accessing contraception were the main barrier women faced in controlling their … Continue reading

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