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Patient Confidentiality Protection Legislation Moves Forward

In a step towards victory for patient privacy, the Massachusetts legislature’s Joint Committees on Financial Services and Health Care Financing reported favorably on one of HCFA’s legislative priorities, “An Act to protect access to confidential healthcare.”  The new bill, S. 2081, sponsored by Senator Karen Spilka and Representative Kate Hogan, is now before the Senate Ways and Means Committee. Read more »

Two Bills Each Pass One Branch - Health Disparities; and No Shackling of Pregnant Prisoners

Two important bills each passed one branch of the state legislature last week. Now it's up to the other branch to finish the job. First is legislation addressing racial and ethnic health disparities. On March 20, H. 3888 passed the House and was sent to the Senate. Read more »

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS): MA Taskforce Report Offers Path to Advancing Parent and Infant Health

This blog was originally published on Community Catalyst’s blog Health Policy Hub Read more »

Boston Women's March

Please join Health Care For All, over 120 organizations and over 20,000 individuals at the Boston Women's March on Saturday, January 21st. We will be marching as part of 300 simultaneous, non-partisan, women-led marches happening across the country. Together, we will send the message to state and national leaders that the United States of America stands for values of human dignity, equal rights and freedom from discrimination. We will focus specifically on showing our support for the Affordable Care Act and the life-saving coverage gains we have made because of the law here in Massachusetts... Read more »

State Senate Advances HCFA Privacy Legislation

Last week, the Massachusetts Senate advanced S. 2138, An Act to protect access to confidential health care, a key priority for Health Care For All. The bill would fix a crucial barrier to accessing health care by ensuring that when multiple people are on the same insurance plan, confidential health care information is not shared with anyone other than the patient. Read more »

Progress For Transgender Health Care; Progress for All

HCFA is extraordinarily pleased with the recent decisions by the Patrick administration supporting health care for people needing gender therapy care. The new policy will allow transgender people across the state to access appropriate mental health care, hormone therapy, and other transition-related care. Read more »

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 health and bodies. However, in recent years the cost of contraception and office visits necessary to obtain a prescription have resulted in a financial burden that can be as high as $600 a month out-of-pocket—a barrier for many women to access basic reproductive health care. Read more »
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