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The End of an Era – A Legislative Giant Retires in Washington

Normally, the retirement of a member of Congress representing a district nearly 2,000 miles from Massachusetts would not be mentioned on this blog.  But Congressman Henry Waxman’s announcement today that he will be leaving public life at the end of … Continue reading

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DOMA Decision Impacts Health Insurance, State Budget

Today’s Supreme Court decision holding part of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional will have a number of impacts on health insurance eligibility and costs for same-sex married couples. It also might impact the state budget. Attorney General Martha Coakley … Continue reading

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Reflections on the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Today marks the 40th the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. As I reflect on what that means for me personally and for women across the country, I am struck that even … Continue reading

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Fight Over Mental Health Parity Rules

This guest post is by Matt Selig, Executive Director of HCFA partner, Health Law Advocates: A semi-under-the-radar public policy battle is taking place over the writing of the administrative regulations that will implement the 2008 federal Mental Health Parity Law. … Continue reading

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Congratulations, Christie!

HCFA congratulates our old friend and colleague, Christie Hager, who was named by federal HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as the new regional director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for New England (official press release here). HCFA … Continue reading

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National health reform is good for Massachusetts

Starting today, HCFA will be posting a blog-a-day about why national health reform is good for Massachusetts. These posts will include personal stories from people who have benefited from our state’s health reform law and how national health reform can … Continue reading

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Congratulations, Senator Kirk

Health Care For All applauds the Governor for filling former Senator Edward Kennedy’s seat as quickly and thoughtfully as possible. It is vitally important that Massachusetts have two senators and full representation in Congress. We welcome longtime Kennedy staffer Paul … Continue reading

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Weekend Fun-Link Riot!

A mid-August weekend, and there’s only so much attention one can pay to the health care world. We could link you to the insightful editorial in the Taunton Daily Gazette, “Bay State’s health reform success story,” but the editorial only … Continue reading

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From Saturday’s Public Forum with Niki Tsongas

Hello From Niki Tsongas’ Community Meeting at the Chelmsford Town Hall. The meeting was scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. but the place was packed to capacity at 9:30 a.m. Hundreds of people were in the overflow of the parking … Continue reading

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Anti-Reform Thugs Are Here, Too

I had thought (hoped?) that the ugly anti-reform mob thuggery being played out at Congressional town hall meetings for the benefit of the You-tube cameras was not happening in Massachusetts. Sorry, but it’s happening here, too. Tuesday’s Worcester Telegram has … Continue reading

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