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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 »

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 »

MassBudget Study: Positive Health Effects of Earned Income Tax Credit

In the worlds of health care policy and delivery, there is increasing recognition that addressing the social determinants of health (SDOH) –access to nutritious foods, affordable housing, safe neighborhoods, dependable transportation, well-paying jobs and safety from violence—is essential to improving health outcomes, containing health care costs and addressing health inequities across race and income. In other words, health care is about even more than having insurance coverage and receiving traditional medical care.    The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget) recently... Read more »

FY19 Health Care Senate Budget Amendments Review

Just last week, the Massachusetts Senate released their budget proposal for fiscal year 2019, which begins on July 1 of this year. Senators will be debating and voting on many amendments in the short term, including a number of important health care related amendments.  HCFA is supporting a number of amendments that will improve access to affordable and quality health care coverage; there are also some proposed amendments we oppose that would move our state backwards. With debate in the Senate starting, it is critical that your Senator knows how constituents feel about these critical health... Read more »

Psychiatric “Boarding”

By Kate Ginnis, MSW, MPH, Director of Behavioral Health Advocacy & Policy, Boston Children’s Hospital   Children in Crisis Read more »

Mental Health Advocacy Program for Kids: Helping Young People Go Places

   By Marisol Garcia, Esq., Director/Managing Attorney, Mental Health Advocacy Program for Kids, Health Law Advocates Read more »

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