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Children's Health

Report - CHIP Critical To Kids' Health in Massachusetts (and the state budget)

Coverage for 130,000 children and pregnant women. A $166 million hole in the state budget. Those are the stakes for Massachusetts in the upcoming Congressional vote to extend federal funding for the CHIP program. Read more »

HCFA's 2015-2016 PRIORITY LEGISLATION

With the new legislative session comes a host of new legislative ideas. HCFA worked with a diverse group of legislators in both the House and Senate to file a broad package of legislation. You can see a 2-page brief summary of each of our priority bills here. The proposed legislation include the following proposals: Read more »

#MassHealth Matters, Part 1: The Must See Video, and Infographic

Today the Massachusetts Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation and its Mass Medicaid Policy Institute held a packed forum titled, MassHealth Matters: Priorities for the New Administration. The focus of the event was the release of a report identifying five priority issues for improving MassHealth in the coming administration, followed by a panel discussion on the issues raised. We'll have a summary of the report up later, but we wanted to first highlight this amazing video below, and an infographic that illustrates the crucial role played by MassHealth. Please watch this video (click here to watch... Read more »

We're Still The One: Mass Leads Nation in Coverage

Today the Census Bureau released its annual insurance coverage data, covering 2013 The Mass Budget and Policy Center has the results: We still lead the nation in coverage. Their conclusions: Read more »

When it comes to kids, we’re number 1!

This week, we were proud to participate in the release of the Kids Count report, placing Massachusetts at number one in the nation when it comes to overall child well-being. The Annie E. Casey Foundation report covers a wide spectrum of data when it considers children’s wellbeing, and of course access to health care is one of the main metrics in addition to early education, child poverty, and more. With just only about 1% of children uninsured, Massachusetts does extremely well on access to coverage. Read more »

New England Alliance for Children’s Health

New England Alliance for Children's Health (NEACH), an initiative of Community Catalyst, is a broad coalition of over 500 New England-based health care and child advocates, hospitals and health care providers, legal experts, interfaith organizations, business leaders, and consumers dedicated to promoting access to high-quality, affordable health care for all children. Read more »

Georgetown Center for Children and Families

The Center for Children & Families (CCF) of the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute is an independent, nonpartisan policy & research center dedicated to expanding & improving health care coverage for America’s children and families.  Read more »

Mass Budget’s Children’s Budget

This Children's Budget shows how our state budget affects the lives of children. It describes every major program that serves children, including how the programs work, their goals, and their funding history. Read more »

Massachusetts Student Health Insurance is Getting Better

As implementation of the Affordable Care Act moves forward, Massachusetts policymakers continue to update state laws and regulations.  Recently, the Health Connector released proposed regulatory changes to the Massachusetts Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP) (pdf). Since the 1988 Dukakis universal coverage law, students attending Massachusetts colleges and universities have been required to have health insurance. The state has required all colleges and university to offer a SHIP, and gives schools the discretion as to whether to require students to take the SHIP or keep or enroll in... Read more »

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