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Senate Budget Debate Starts Wednesday - Here's Our Amendment Recommendations

Tomorrow the state Senate will begin debating its version of the state budget for fiscal year 2014, which begins on July 1. Like the House budget did, the Senate Ways and Means version starts out with a strong commitment to building on the state's health coverage reforms through implementation of the ACA, and some substantial deficiencies in funding for health care programs. The best overview of the Senate budget comes, of course, from the Mass Budget and Policy Center. The overview notes the continued decline in support for public health: Read more »

Children's Budget - New Resource Looks At How We Meet Health, Other Kids Needs

Guest post by Nancy Wagman,  Kids Count Project Director at The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center Read more »

Public Health Committee Approves CMSP, Drug Marketing, Outreach Bills

Yesterday the Joint Committee on Public Health, chaired by Senator Susan Fargo and Representative Jeffrey Sanchez recommended favorably 27 bills, and moved along two additional bills to the Committee on Health Care Financing.  Among the bills were some important HCFA priorities that will make a difference in improved health for people in Massachusetts. We thank Chairs Fargo and Sanchez for approving these measures, and hope they will quickly move through the legislative process. Read more »

Report Highlights Massachusetts Success In Children’s Enrollment

A survey released today by the Kaiser Family Foundation's Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured (KCMU) showcased experiences of four states - Massachusetts, Alabama, Iowa, and Oregon - at the forefront of the nation’s recent gains in children’s health coverage. The report’s findings were presented at a briefing held today in Washington.   The study reported that Massachusetts is the leading state for covering children in health insurance. Citing state figures, the report highlighted the 99.5% coverage rate for children in the Commonwealth. The report concluded that state officials and... Read more »

CMS Honors HCFA Staffer and Massachusetts Children's Outreach

This week the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recognized HCFA's Children's Health Policy and Outreach Manager, Dayanne Leal, for her outstanding efforts to identify and enroll eligible children in MassHealth and other children's health program. Dayanne was one of 10 honored by CMS for their efforts on behalf of enrollment. CMS's award citation noted the collaborative efforts of many organizations in Massachusetts who work together to find and enroll children in health coverage: Read more »

Got Coverage? 1,479 More Kids in MA Do Now!

It’s been a whirlwind month, but the first phase of the “got coverage?” Kids Enrollment Challenge is DONE! And thanks to the tireless efforts of 66 enrollment organizations statewide, HCFA is proud to announce that 1,479 previously uninsured children now have health coverage!! The end of the first phase was celebrated today at an event at the State House Grand Staircase, where state and federal leaders extended their gratitude to each of the participating organizations for their devotion and hard work over the last month to find and enroll at least 500 uninsured children. Nearly tripling our... Read more »

Stroller In To Protest Early Intervention Cuts

Yesterday members of the Children’s Health Access Coalition went to the State House to join over 300 parents, kids and supporters in a Stroller-In to support Early Intervention and protest the substantial budget cuts that Early Intervention faces in the 2012 budget. Read more »

HCFA v. Romney: Kid's Dental Case Comes to a Successful End

[Our guest blogger is Clare McGorrian, attorney on the HCFA v. Romney case, who specializes in providing legal services to health care consumers, primarily in health insurance coverage and eligibility disputes.] Eleven years ago Health Law Advocates and Greater Boston Legal Services filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of MassHealth children who could not find a dentist. Last week, the court successfully ended its jurisdiction over the case (see Globe coverage). The suit, Health Care For All v. Romney, followed complaints to Health Care For All’s Help Line and a legislative report... Read more »


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