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Children's Health

Equal Coverage for All Kids is Essential to Public Health in the Commonwealth

Well-baby and well-child visits, vaccines, eyeglasses, and dental services are the building blocks of a healthy childhood and provide an essential foundation for wellness throughout the life-span. Data shows that comprehensive Medicaid coverage facilitates access to this care in childhood, and although children’s health insurance coverage in Massachusetts is strong, gaps still exist. While we can be proud that 98% of the Commonwealth’s children have some form of health insurance, we must address the inequities that remain. Read more »

HCFA Excited to Participate in National Public Health Week - April 1-7, 2019

Today marks the first day of National Public Health Week (NPHW) organized by the American Public Health Association (APHA) to celebrate the importance of public health in protecting the health and well-being of all Americans. The theme for this year’s NPHW campaign is “Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For action. For health.” and Health Care For All (HCFA) is excited to join the campaign by sharing consumer health advocacy efforts underway in Massachusetts which, we believe, have direct impacts on improving public health in our state. More specifically, every day this week, HCFA... Read more »

Center For Children and Families releases report: “Nation’s Progress on Children’s Health Coverage Reverses Course”

In 2016, the rate of uninsured children in the United States hit an historic low of 4.7 percent. In a report released last week, the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute’s Center for Children and Families finds that number increased to 5 percent in 2017, marking the first rise in the number of uninsured children nationally since comparable data was first collected nearly a decade ago.  Read more »

Governor Signs Budget Funding Health Care Needs

Governor Baker signed the state budget for Fiscal Year 2019 today. The budget funds state programs and also includes numerous policy changes. Massachusetts budget procedures allow the Governor to veto specific provisions of the budget However, for the most part, the Governor did not veto our key health care priorities. We are very pleased that the budget does not call for cuts in MassHealth or other state-funded health programs, and adds a new periodontal (gum care) dental benefit for adults in MassHealth. Here are some of the issues that we have been working on that were included in the... Read more »

FY19 Health Care Budget Priorities

The Massachusetts Senate recently approved their version of the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) state budget. The Senate version and the House version must now be reconciled through negotiation between the two chambers. Health Care For All (HCFA) has a number of budget priorities related to health care that have made it this far and should continue on to the final budget. To find HCFA’s full FY19 Conference Committee letter with detailed explanations of our positions, please click here. You can find summaries of each budget priority that HCFA supports below: Read more »

The time is now. Massachusetts must ensure and expand effective mental health services for children and teens.

By Jake Murtaugh, Public Affairs Associate Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children   The Children’s Mental Health Campaign began as a call to action to inspire mental health reform in Massachusetts and has evolved into a leading voice- so that children and youth get the right care, at the right time. Read more »

Fighting Stigma

      By Liz Belfield, Program Manager, Parent/Professional Advocacy League Children’s Mental Health Week (CMHW) was started in 1991 by a group of families in Missouri, now called Missouri Families 4 Families, who wanted to fight discrimination and stigma in their community. The Parent/Professional Advocacy League (PPAL) supported these families and this idea, bringing CMHW to Massachusetts in 1996 to do the same –fight stigma and promote family wellness in communities. Read more »

Happy 50th Birthday Medicaid! Celebrate with a Massachusetts Medicaid Timeline

Happy Birthday, Medicaid and Medicare! Today is the 50th anniversary of the signing of Social Security Act of 1965 which created both programs. Massachusetts has had a particularly important role in influencing the evolution of Medicaid at the federal level and among the states. In honor of the day, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation created a spectacular interactive timeline to showcase major milestones in Medicaid history in Massachusetts .  Notably, many of the expansions and innovations of the past 30 years are the result of the advocacy legacy of HCFA.    Read more »

Breaking: Senate Passes Children’s Health Bill - Contact Your State Rep

Auust 1 UPDATE: The House did not take up the CMSP bill on the last day of the formal session, July 31. However, the legislature continues to meet in "informal" session through the end of the year, approving legislation by unanimous consent. Given the bi-partisan support for this bill, we are hopeful that it can be taken up soon during an informal meeting. Contacting legislators is still helpful.   The Massachusetts State Senate voted today to pass a key HCFA bill to improve children's health coverage. The bill has until midnight Thursday to pass the House, before formal legislative sessions... Read more »

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