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Weekend Updates: Medicaid Rally, Immigrant Court Case, McDonough Book

Weekend Updates: Medicaid Rally, Immigrant Court Case, McDonough Book

July 24, 2011

1. Rally Calls on Senator Brown to Support Medicaid: Last week HCFA joined with 1199SEIU, the Boston Center For Independent Living and other groups to firmly call on Senator Brown to protect Medicaid in the debt ceiling and budget fights. The
Globe had reported last week on Brown's lack of conviction on the issue: "Senator Scott Brown, the only Republican in the Massachusetts delegation, hasn’t yet taken a firm position. 'Senator Brown is reviewing the various proposals that are out there,' said spokeswoman Marcie Kinzel." The rally featured a number of Medicaid members testifying on the critical role Medicaid plays in their health and well-being. Click on the picture above to see a video from the rally, courtesy of the State House News Service.

2. Immigrant Case Decision Delayed, Again: Late Friday, Supreme Judicial Court Justice Cordy, who is hearing the Finch case regarding coverage for legal immigrants (background, from Health Law Advocates), decided to send the case over to the full SJC. This will probably require another round of briefs and arguments, delaying a final decision until the fall at the earliest. While the full Court ruled in May that the statute removing full Commonwealth Care benefits from some legal immigrants was almost certainly unconstitutional, the state has been filing additional motions to postpone a final decision in the case.

3. National Health Reform: The Book: Our former executive director John McDonough's book on the making and content of the Affordable Care Act is just out, from the University of California Press. At the Amazon link there's already a glowing, 5-start review. We recommend the book too, and hope you will buy via igive.com, which gives a few cents from each purchase to HCFA (if you designate us as your cause). John also has a monthly column at Kaiser Health News. This month's entry is about protecting Medicaid, which closes the circle and brings us back to the first update.
-Brian Rosman