Category Archives: National Health Reform

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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Texas vs. Massachusetts: Their Best Is Our Worst

Rapper Nas has spit a great rhyme in his song Make the World Go Round: I’m a rare dude, I’m a wonder, your best success is my worst blunder Today, a post on Health Affairs blog, Plano, Texas Vs. Revere, … Continue reading

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Big Win! Affordable Premiums Will Continue For Low-Income Health Connector Enrollees

Today, the Health Connector Board voted to award Seals of Approval (SoA) for Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) to be sold on the Health Connector, for coverage effective beginning January 1, 2014 (details in Connector presentation, (pdf)).  Dental plans were also … Continue reading

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Déjà vu on employers and ACA

Today’s Boston Globe off-lead story, Mass. firms mull cuts in health benefits, reminds me of a song. Or perhaps songs. For me, it’s Déjà Vu by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, one of the first records I ever bought.  For … Continue reading

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All Your Base Rates Are Belong To Us: Springfield Republican Reports on Premiums Under Obamacare

Yesterday, a story by Shira Schoenberg in the Springfield Republican  covered the just-approved health insurance rates for next year: The basic cost of a health care plan for an individual or small business in Massachusetts will increase, on average, by … Continue reading

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Remember That Dire ACA Forecast? Never Mind.

Remember that dire report commissioned by the Mass Association of Health Plans from July (it’s here (pdf))? Never mind. The report was an attempt to forecast the impact of the ACA on small group and individual premiums in Massachusetts. The … Continue reading

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Fairness and Responsibility: What Should Happen Now With The Massachusetts Employer Provisions

As we noted on Monday, the budget just sent to Governor Patrick includes provisions repealing the Massachusetts Employer Fair Share statute. We were not supportive of the repeal, but understood the logic: since the federal ACA employer requirements were taking … Continue reading

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