A Healthy Blog

Massachusetts health care — wonky, with a healthy dose of reality


2018 Democracy School: Building Health Care Power in Immigrant Communities

On Saturday, April 14th, in what seemed to be a precursor to the Boston Marathon, members of the Immigrant Healthcare Access Coalition (IHAC) steering committee completed their own long distance event – they ran the 2018 Democracy School: Building Health Care Power in Immigrant Communities. This training was part of a coordinated, on-going effort to inform immigrants and the groups that serve them about their health care rights. The training also aimed to dispel the growing fear and mistrust within immigrant communities that is preventing many individuals and families from seeking the health... Read more »

Framingham Enrollment Session: One Example of Effective Partnership with Ethnic Media and Groups on the Ground

With the end of Open Enrollment approaching, Health Care For All (HCFA) decided to host one last enrollment session in the city of Framingham on Saturday, January 20th 2018 to help those residents who still needed assistance applying for health insurance. HCFA coordinated an event alongside Rede ABR Radio Brasileira, the Joint Committee for Children’s Health Care in Everett, and the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center to serve the community. A group picture featuring all of our dedicated volunteers following a successful enrollment session Read more »

Sexual Health Lobby Day

Make your voice heard by joining hundreds of sexual health advocates from across the state for the Sexual Health Lobby Day at the Massachusetts State House in Boston on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. Sexual Health Lobby Day is an exciting and meaningful opportunity to meet directly with your elected officials and advocate for access to sexual and reproductive health care. In today’s uncertain national political climate, we need to ensure that here in Massachusetts sexual and reproductive health care is prioritized, defended, and expanded by our own state legislature. Sign up below! Read more »

Boston Women's March

Please join Health Care For All, over 120 organizations and over 20,000 individuals at the Boston Women's March on Saturday, January 21st. We will be marching as part of 300 simultaneous, non-partisan, women-led marches happening across the country. Together, we will send the message to state and national leaders that the United States of America stands for values of human dignity, equal rights and freedom from discrimination. We will focus specifically on showing our support for the Affordable Care Act and the life-saving coverage gains we have made because of the law here in Massachusetts... Read more »


Donald Trump and the Republican leadership are marshaling their forces to destroy health care in America. It’s up to us to fight back. Read more »

Meet Boston Young Healthcare Professionals: Connecting the Next Generation of Healthcare Leaders

[Note: this is a guest post by Jessica R. Hamilton, Co-Founder and Co-Chair of Boston Young Healthcare Professionals & former HCFA staffer] We all know Massachusetts is a state of innovation and firsts. But nothing tops our state’s list of firsts more than the gains we’ve made in access to health care. There’s a real health care movement in Massachusetts, and more importantly, there's a commitment to working together to figure out the ins and outs of our health care system. We have nationally recognized professionals leading our work, but there’s also an untapped group of young,... Read more »

Lessons From HCFA’s Incoming Legislator Briefing: The More You Learn, The More There Is To Learn

Our health care system is complicated. Several new legislators and their staffers came to understand that even more today as they participated in HCFA’s incoming legislator briefing here at 30 Winter Street. Representatives Geoff Diehl, Russell Holmes, and Paul Brodeur, as well as staffers representing Senator Dan Wolf, Representative Chris Walsh, and Representative Jim Lyons took part in a two hour overview of the Massachusetts’ health care system. Read more »

Dr. Berwick Named CMS Administrator

President Obama yesterday appointed Dr. Don Berwick as the new Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Read the Globe article here. The president accomplished this through the use of a recess appointment, which is an appointment that takes place while Congress is on recess and therefore does not require Congressional approval until a later date (in this case, in late 2011). Read more »
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