(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
(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.
(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
(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
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
(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
(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.
(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
(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
(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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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: