HCFA Updates / Press Releases

PRESS STATEMENT FROM HEALTH CARE FOR ALL’S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AMY ROSENTHAL REGARDING THE LACK OF CONSENSUS TO PASS MAJOR HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION

August 14, 2018

(Boston, MA)- “Health Care For All (HCFA) is disappointed the legislature was unable to pass a health care bill that included proposals to reduce costs and strengthen protections for health care consumers in the Commonwealth. The proposed legislation would have... Read More

Health Care For All Receives $100,000 From The Boston Foundation To Promote Collaboration between MassHealth ACOs and Community-Based Organizations in Addressing Social Determinants of Health

June 29, 2018
BOSTON, Mass. (June 29, 2018) – Health Care For All (HCFA) announced today it has received a $100,000 grant over one year from the Boston Foundation for general operating support to assess and... Read More

Health Care For All Receives Over $100,000 From The MetroWest Health Foundation To Provide Health Support Services To residents in the Area

June 26, 2018
 Health Care For All (HCFA) announced today it received two grants from the MetroWest Health Foundation (MWHF) to improve access to health insurance and health care among residents in the Metrowest region.

Press Statement From Health Care For All's Executive Director Amy Rosenthal Regarding The House Health Care Bill

June 21, 2018

(Boston, MA)- Statement from Health Care For All's Executive Director Amy Rosenthal regarding the Health Care Reform legislation approved by the House of Representatives last night:
 

Health Care For All Awarded $100,000 Through Cummings Foundation

May 24, 2018

PRESS STATEMENT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Contact: María González, Health Care For All, 617-275-2915, mgonzalez@hcfama.org
Contact: Kerry Crisley, Cummings Foundation, 781-932-7093, kac@cummings.com

Answers to Your Democracy School Questions, updates on Public Charge, and it's time to take Action for Safe Communities!

May 18, 2018
Welcome to our Action Alert that is working to promote Safe Communities! Before we get to these amendments, we have a couple of other important announcements: 
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Take Action for HCFA FY19 Budget Amendments: Let Your Voice Be Heard NOW!

April 20, 2018

Press Statement From Health Care For All's Executive Director Amy Rosenthal Regarding The House Ways and Means Committee Proposed Budget For FY19

April 13, 2018

(Boston, MA)- Statement from Health Care For All's Executive Director Amy Rosenthal regarding the state budget proposal released by the House Ways and Means Committee for FY19: 

“Health Care For All (HCFA) is very appreciative of the work that Chairman Sanchez and the House Ways and Means Committee have done to propose a balanced budget that strengthens the commitment... Read More

Press Release Regarding An Act to Protect Access To Confidential Healthcare (S.2296) Being Signed Into Law By Governor Baker

April 3, 2018

 

(Boston, MA) – Today Governor Charlie Baker signed into law important legislation that advances patient confidentiality. An Act to Protect Access to Confidential Healthcare (PATCH Act) (S. 2296) ensures that when multiple people are on the same insurance plan, confidential health care information is not shared with anyone other than the patient.

Press Statement From Health Care For All's Executive Director Amy Rosenthal Regarding Key Legislation To Protect Patient Confidentiality Ready to be Signed by Governor Baker

March 27, 2018

(Boston, MA) - “Health Care For All (HCFA) is very grateful to the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate for passing this important legislation that will protect privacy for patients seeking sensitive health care services. An Act to Protect Access to... Read More

Press Release Regarding Legislation To Protect Patient Confidentiality Moving a Step Closer To Becoming Law

February 28, 2018

LEGISLATION TO PROTECT PATIENT CONFIDENTIALITY

A STEP CLOSER TO BECOMING LAW

The Massachusetts House of Representatives votes in support of

An Act to Protect Access to Confidential Healthcare (S. 2296... Read More

Press Statement From Health Care For All's Executive Director Amy Rosenthal Regarding The Massachusetts Senate Passage Of An Act To Protect Access To Confidential Health Care

February 15, 2018
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Press Statement From Health Care For All's Executive Director Amy Rosenthal Regarding The Federal Government's Two-Year Budget Deal

February 9, 2018

(Boston, MA)- Statement from Health Care For All's Executive Director Amy Rosenthal regarding the two-year budget bill just signed by President Trump:

“Health Care For All (HCFA) is relieved that the bipartisan budget deal reached by Congress and signed by President Trump earlier this morning includes needed funding for community health centers for two years. These... Read More

Community Health Centers Day of Action

February 5, 2018

Lost recently in the excitement of CHIP being refunded was the fact that Congress neglected to refund Community Health Centers (CHCs). This failure to fund has put nearly 3,000 health center sites at risk as they face a 70% funding cliff. These centers provide 9 million patients with health care and 50,000 employees with jobs across the country. In... Read More

Time to Authorize Dental Therapy in MA

January 31, 2018

The time has come to support Dental Therapist legislation in Massachusetts. We hope that you feel as strongly about this issue as we do. 

To find out more information about Dental Therapists, click here. 

To find out what our Oral Health team is doing to further this cause, click ... Read More

Press Statement From Health Care For All's Executive Director Amy Rosenthal Regarding The Governor's Budget Proposal FY19

January 25, 2018

(Boston, MA) - Statement from Health Care For All's Executive Director Amy Rosenthal regarding the state budget proposal released by the Baker Administration for FY19:

Press Statement From Health Care For All's Executive Director Amy Rosenthal Regarding The Governor's Budget Proposal FY19

January 25, 2018

(Boston, MA) - Statement from Health Care For All's Executive Director Amy Rosenthal regarding the state budget proposal released by the Baker Administration for FY19:

 

Press Statement From Health Care For All's Executive Director Amy Rosenthal Regarding The Senate Vote To End The Federal Government Shutdown

January 23, 2018

(Boston, MA)- Statement from Health Care For All's Executive Director Amy Rosenthal regarding the Senate vote to end the Federal Government Shutdown:

Press Statement From Health Care For All's Executive Director Amy Rosenthal Regarding The Tax Bill Signed Into Law

December 22, 2017

(Boston, MA)- Statement from Health Care For All's Executive Director Amy Rosenthal regarding the tax bill that was signed into law by President Trump today:

“The tax bill that was just signed into law by President Trump takes Massachusetts and the country in the wrong direction. Instead of investing in our working families so that they can have healthy and productive... Read More

Associated Industries of Massachusetts and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts join Dental Care for Mass and push for dental therapy legislation

December 19, 2017

 

(Boston, MA) - The Dental Care for Mass Coalition, which supports legislation to authorize dental therapists (S. 1169/H. 2474), announced today that Associated Industries of Massachusetts  (AIM), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and a number of other key organizations have joined the more than 60 organizations fighting for increased access to oral health.

Press Statement from Health Care For All's Executive Director Amy Rosenthal regarding the Senate vote on the tax reform bill and the repeal of the individual mandate:

December 2, 2017

(Boston, MA) - Statement from Health Care For All's Executive Director Amy Rosenthal regarding the Senate vote on the tax reform bill and the repeal of the individual mandate:

Press Statement from Health Care For All's Executive Director Amy Rosenthal Regarding the New Effort to Repeal the ACA Without a Replacement

November 15, 2017

(Boston, MA)- Statement from Health Care For All's Executive Director Amy Rosenthal regarding the potential repeal of the individual mandate under the tax reform bill:

“Health Care For All is deeply concerned about the latest effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Including the elimination of the individual mandate as part of the push to reform the tax code is... Read More

Press Statement From Amy Rosenthal, Executive Director Of Health Care For All, Regarding Announcements From The Trump Administration To Roll Back Consumer Protections and End The Payment Of Subsidies

October 13, 2017

 

(Boston, MA) - "Yesterday, the Trump Administration decided to double down on its efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by attacking two core aspects of the law: consumer protections and cost-sharing reductions (CSRs). After the congressional failure to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Trump is determined to utilize all tools available to him to... Read More

Report of Access to Mental Health Treatment in Massachusetts

October 12, 2017
Study Highlights Systemic And Societal Barriers As Well As Ways To Effectively Overcome Those Obstacles In Order To Pave The Way Towards Recovery For People With Mental Illness... Read More

PRESS RELEASE: HCFA RELEASES REPORT ON ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN MASSACHUSETTS

October 12, 2017
Study Highlights Systemic And Societal Barriers As Well As Ways To Effectively Overcome Those Obstacles In Order To Pave The Way Towards Recovery For People With Mental Illness
 

Press Statement of Amy Rosenthal, Executive Director of Health Care For All, regarding cuts to funding for enrollment assistance and advertising announced by the Trump Administration

September 5, 2017
 
(Boston, MA) - "The Trump Administration announced last night that the federal government will be slashing funding for outreach and enrollment efforts for marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act. This is a major setback for millions of people throughout the country who depend on in-person assistance to enroll in affordable and comprehensive health care ... Read More

Patient and Family Advisory Council Reports 2017

July 18, 2017

Reports are due by October 1, 2017. We provide a template to help PFACs more easily gather infromation and send their reports.

Health Care For All Announces New Executive Director

May 22, 2017

Amy Rosenthal brings over two decades of legislative, policy and advocacy experience to the organization at a critical time for the health care advocacy movement.

(Boston, MA) – Health Care For All (HCFA) announced today the appointment of Amy F. Rosenthal as its new Executive Director. Rosenthal picks up the torch from Steve Rosenfeld... Read More

Nearly Two Dozen Organizations Sign Letter Supporting Governor Baker’s Plan to Reinstate Massachusetts’ Employer Responsibility Provision

March 15, 2017

Healthcare providers, community-based organizations, policy and labor advocates back proposed fee on employers that don't provide adequate health insurance to employees

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GOP ACA Bill Press Conference

March 9, 2017

Healthcare Workers and Advocates Detail the Damage Republican ACA Replacement Bill Will Inflict in Massachusetts

During an event at Old South Church, workers, consumers and advocates lay out the risks to Massachusetts if Congressional Republicans move forward with their healthcare replacement bill.

Affordable Care Act Repeal Would Jeopardize Coverage For 500,000 Massachusetts Residents

January 12, 2017

During event at the State House, consumers, healthcare providers and workers outline major health and economic risks to Massachusetts if Congress Repeals ACA

Boston, Mass. (January 12, 2017) - Healthcare consumers, workers and providers today outlined several priorities in the effort to fight the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and to ensure that... Read More

Affordable Care Act Repeal Would Jeopardize Coverage For 500,000 Massachusetts Residents

January 12, 2017

During event at the State House, consumers, healthcare providers and workers outline major health and economic risks to Massachusetts if Congress Repeals ACA

Consumer, Provider, Business And Labor Communities Join In Coalition To Protect Health Care Access And Funding

January 4, 2017

BOSTON (Jan. 4, 2017) - A broad array of Massachusetts organizations representing consumers, providers, health plans, businesses, labor unions and faith organizations have come together to form the Massachusetts Coalition for Coverage and Care, which will educate policy makers in Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., as to the impact that could be felt if the Affordable Care Act... Read More

Statement From Stephen Rosenfeld, Interim Executive Director For Health Care For All On 9C Budget Cuts

December 7, 2016

BOSTON -- “Health Care For All (HCFA) understands the need to balance the state budget to address tight tax revenues. However, we believe strongly that those cuts should not be made on the... Read More

Statement From Stephen Rosenfeld, Interim Executive Director For Health Care For All On 9C Budget Cuts

December 7, 2016

BOSTON -- “Health Care For All (HCFA) understands the need to balance the state budget to address tight tax revenues. However, we believe strongly that those cuts should not be made on the backs of those most vulnerable.

Statement From Stephen Rosenfeld, Interim Executive Director For Health Care For All, On MassHealth Waiver

November 4, 2016

BOSTON--"Health Care For All (HCFA) welcomes this Medicaid waiver as an opportunity to transform MassHealth from just a program that takes care of people when they are sick to one that aims at keeping people healthy in the first place. We are particularly excited about the potential to integrate physical, behavioral health and long-term care with other social services. We hope... Read More

Health Care For All Announces New Interim Director

October 31, 2016

Statement of Stephen Gorrie, Chair, Board of Directors for Health Care For All

Health Care For All Announces New Interim Executive Director

October 31, 2016

Monday, October 31st 2016

Statement From Health Care For All's Executive Director Amy Whitcomb Slemmer Regarding The Senate FY2017 Budget Proposal

May 17, 2016

BOSTON - Statement from Health Care For All's Executive Director Amy Whitcomb Slemmer Regarding the Senate FY2017 Budget Proposal:

Health Care For All appreciates the work of Senate Ways and Means Chair Karen Spilka and Senate President Stan Rosenberg on proposing a thoughtful budget that focuses on directing funding to key programs for our communities.

Health Care For All Celebrates Its Annual Event Turning Fundraising Galas Upside-down!

May 3, 2016

 

"For The People" Hosted Conversations About Patient Centered Care and Honored Anh Vu Sawyer From The Southeast Asian Coalition

Boston, MA. -Moving away from a traditional fundraising gala, Health Care For All tonight convened consumers, government officials, health care executives, business leaders... Read More

Health Care For All Joins Administration Officials And Tax Preparers To Convey Important Information For Health Care Consumers During This Tax Season

March 16, 2016

Boston - Health Care For All, the Massachusetts Health Connector, MassHealth, and the Boston Tax Help Coalition held a joint press conference today to share important information for health care consumers in regards to tax filing. Consumers have until April 15th 2016 to file their income tax return and they have to include information about their health insurance status during... Read More

Statement From Health Care For All's Executive Director Amy Whitcomb Slemmer Regarding The Governor's FY 2017 Budget Proposal

January 28, 2016
 
BOSTON - Statement From Health Care For All's Executive Director Amy Whitcomb Slemmer Regarding The Governor's FY 2017 Budget Proposal:
 
"Health Care For All appreciates Governor Baker's budget proposal that preserves and invests in many critical health-related programs.
 
"We especially applaud the decision to... Read More

Legislators, Officials and Advocates Push for Insurance Enrollment as January 31st Deadline Approaches

January 16, 2016

 

Framingham – State legislators, town officials, and health care advocates joined Health Care For All (HCFA) in Framingham today to urge MetroWest residents – and in particular, those who are traditionally under-enrolled and under-insured – to enroll or reenroll before the January 31st end to this Open Enrollment period.

Health Care For All Calls On Hospitals To Increase Diversity And Community Representation Of Patient And Family Advisory Councils

December 11, 2015

 

Boston - Every acute and rehabilitation hospital in Massachusetts has a Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC), in compliance with a law passed in 2008 with the support of Health Care For All (HCFA). In order to integrate the voices of patients and family members in the daily operations of hospitals, the legislation required all 98 institutions to create PFACs by... Read More

HCFA Launches Major Ethnic Media Campaign to Drive Open Enrollment

November 2, 2015

 

Also Announces Big Scale Enrollment Event in the Greater Boston Area ... Read More

Legislators, Advocates, Researchers and Providers Announce Support for Bill to Strengthen Children and Families in the Commonwealth

October 20, 2015

 

Boston - Members of the Healthy Food, Healthy Homes, Healthy Children (HHH) Coalition and their allies, including Health Care For All, gathered today to proclaim their full support of HB429/SB94, An Act Relative to Ensuring the Wellbeing of All Children in the Commonwealth. The bill would promote children’s well-being by improving access to food assistance,... Read More

Enrolling Hispanics In Health Insurance: Lessons Learned And Policy Recommendations

October 14, 2015

 

BOSTON - Researchers, public officials, community members and organizations gathered today at the State House to mark Hispanic Heritage Month with a discussion about new research and best practices for reaching and enrolling the Commonwealth's uninsured Hispanic population.

The study, which surveyed more than 3,200 Latinos in Massachusetts, found that 52% had... Read More

Statement From Health Care For All's Executive Director Amy Whitcomb Slemmer Regarding Transparency and Purchaser Incentives to Promote Value

October 5, 2015

 

BOSTON – “We believe that consumers have to be at the center of the conversation when it comes to cost and quality of health care.

“Health care consumers are concerned about increasingly high out-of-pocket expenses.  Last year, commercial insurance coverage increases were held to 2.6% for an average of $446 per member per month, but the member cost-sharing rose... Read More

The Boston Globe agrees: "Medical privacy plan offers sensible remedy."

August 19, 2015
* Learn more about the bill -- "An Act to Protect Access To Confidential Healthcare" (S.557, H.871) -- and the diverse coalition supporting it here and ... Read More
"Medical privacy plan offers sensible remedy."

Read our August 2015 Health Care For All Newsletter

August 7, 2015

Get all the latest news from Health Care For All!

2015 MassHealth Renewals for People with Disabilities

August 4, 2015

In order to follow federal rules, MassHealth will be contacting certain MassHealth members with disabilities for renewals to make sure they still qualify for MassHealth. You may need to submit a new application to kep your health coverage. Get the details here.

HCFA's Report Card on Insurers' Consumer Costs Web Sites

July 14, 2015

In 2012, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts enacted comprehensive legislation aimed at controlling health care costs. The law included a provision that requires insurers and third party payers to provide a... Read More

Statement From Health Care For All's Executive Director Amy Whitcomb Slemmer Regarding The Supreme Court Decision In The King Vs. Burwell Case

June 25, 2015

 

BOSTON - "The announcement today from the Supreme Court affirms and supports the valuable and lifesaving access to health insurance that the Affordable Care Act provides to millions of Americans - including access for the nearly 8 million people who were threatened with losing their tax subsidies in the King vs. Burwell case. Today the Supreme Court guaranteed... Read More

See the amendments we support in the State Senate budget debates

May 20, 2015

Oral Health

More than 800,000 people, including 120,000 seniors and 180,000 people with disabilities, are without access to dental care beyond cleanings, fillings, extractions, and full dentures.  Left untreated, dental disease can lead to systemic infection, hospitalization, and significantly worsened medical conditions that would have been otherwise easily... Read More

HCFA Volunteers Urge Restoration of MassHealth Dental Benefits

May 19, 2015

On Tuesday, May 19th, from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Health Care For All will convene advocates and consumers at the State House to conduct legislative visits.

We'll be urging Senate members to fund FULL restoration of MassHealth dental benefits.

Massachusetts residents have been living far too long... Read More

Statement From Health Care For All Executive Director Amy Whitcomb Slemmer Regarding The FY 2016 Senate Budget Proposal

May 12, 2015
BOSTON - Statement from Health Care For All's Executive Director Amy Whitcomb Slemmer regarding the FY 2016 Senate Budget Proposal.   

Health Care For All Celebrates 30 Years of Successful Advocacy On Behalf Of Massachusetts Consumers

April 16, 2015

BOSTON - Health Care For All (HCFA) inaugurated its 30th anniversary campaign by celebrating the progress made in health care access and quality in Massachusetts and by looking towards the work yet to be done to ensure that the health care system works for all.

HCFA's Executive Director Responds To The Governor's FY 2016 Budget Proposal

March 9, 2015

In a March 4th press statement, Health Care For All's Executive Director Amy Whitcomb Slemmer responded to proposed health care funding in Governor Baker's FY 2016 budget proposal.  Read her full statement here:

THANK YOU to all who joined us for our 30th anniversary celebration!

February 15, 2015

*See For The People 2015 event photos here.

*Watch the night's "Living Proof" presentation here.


 

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