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CommCare Bridge Hangs in the Balance

The formal legislative session may be over, but a lot of unfinished business remains. Amid the flurry of activity on Saturday night, the Senate passed a supplemental budget, S. 2592. Section 26 of this bill gives the Connector the authority … Continue reading

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New Statewide Toll Free Number for Emergency Psychiatric Calls

As of June 1st, there is important news for health care consumers in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP) has set up a new statewide toll free number to call when a family member or consumer has a psychiatric … Continue reading

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Put Patients Before Drug and Device Company Profits

Yesterday’s House vote to repeal the state’s gift ban and disclosure law is a step back from Massachusetts’ landmark health reform law.  We are disappointed that some House members chose to put drug and device profits ahead of patients’ health.  … Continue reading

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Stop the Pharma Sneak Attack on “one of the smartest steps Massachusetts has taken to get health costs under control”

On Thursday, the House Ways and Means Committee released its version of S. 2380, legislation to reorganize the state’s economic development apparatus. Buried in the 100+ pages of legalese was this simple provision: SECTION 105. Chapter 111N of the General … Continue reading

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Eight Days Left to Give

Health Care For All (HCFA) needs $15,275.00 to fully fund our HelpLine. Will you donate $100.00 or more today? HCFA’s fiscal year ends June 30 and we need your help to continue to reach and assist the consumers of Massachusetts. … Continue reading

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A New Chapter for the Connector: 6/10/10 Board Report

At Glen Shor’s first meeting as Connector Board Executive Director, the Board tackled issues related to the budget and Business Express. Click here for meeting materials. Jay Gonzalez opened the meeting by thanking out-going Executive Director Jon Kingsdale, and welcoming … Continue reading

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Cost Trends Hearings: Day One Affirms and Confirms

Yesterday’s initial day of the DCHFP Cost Trends Hearing (background: mass.gov/dhcfp/costtrends) confirmed the serious issues with our health care cost structure, and reaffirmed the need to take comprehensive action for health care cost containment. Several themes raised up by the … Continue reading

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Consequences of Failure

Check out Yesterday’s Berkshire Eagle Op-ed penned by HCFA’s very own Board Chair and North Adams Ecu-Health Care ED, Charles Joffe-Halpern.

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Healthy Aging Forum Monday

On Monday, The Massachusetts Health Policy Forum and Tufts Health Plan Foundation will be hosting a forum, entitled “Health Aging the in Commonwealth: Pathways to Lifelong Wellness” at the Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston from 8:30-noon. The forum will … Continue reading

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November Disparities Council Meeting Canceled

The upcoming Disparities Council meeting originally scheduled for Monday, November 23 has been canceled. For more information about the Council, please visit their website. -Jessica Hamilton

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