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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 »

A Brand New Office and Brand New Brand

It’s fall and that means it’s a season of change. Health Care For All is moving its office. After September 20th, you can find us at One Federal Street, Boston, 02110!  We are also opening our celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Health Care For All. The anniversary has us reflect on some of the major victories that Health Care For All has won over the course of three decades. Again and again, the work of HCFA has led Massachusetts to lead the country in health care: Read more »

HCFA’s 2017-2018 Priority Legislation

With the launch of a new legislative session, we at HCFA are excited to announce a new legislative agenda that advocates for a more effective and consumer friendly health care system here in the Bay State. 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 includes the following proposals: Reduce Out-Of-Pocket Health Care Costs by eliminating cost-sharing for high-value services and drugs such as insulin, asthma inhalers, and... Read more »

HCFA Among Health and Civic Leaders Seeking to Extend Prevention & Wellness Trust Fund

Health Care For All is among more than 200 health and social service organizations and leaders who signed on to a letter yesterday requesting the reauthorization of the Prevention & Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF) before the funding expires in June of 2017.  The PWTF was established by the legislature in 2012 as a part of Chapter 224 with the aim of reducing health care costs by investing in prevention for chronic conditions like diabetes and asthma. Services supported by this Fund are available to nearly one million Massachusetts residents in all areas of the state through nine community... Read more »

Tonight: Support HCFA at a New Kind Of Gala

Today's Boston Globe highlighted the new look to HCFA's signature fundraising event, For The People, tonight, Tuesday, May 3 at 5:30 at 60 State Street, Boston. Read more »

Thank You, Chip!

Health Care For All’s long-time friend, former Board President and board member, Chip Joffe-Halpern, is retiring as Executive Director from Ecu-HealthCare in North Adams this week. Chip has led Ecu-HealthCare for 20 years, during which time he and his team have been responsible for helping countless North Berkshire County residents get and stay covered. Chip also played a vital role in implementation of Massachusetts’ 2006 health reform law, serving as the consumer representative on the Health Connector Board from 2006-2007. Chip and Ecu-HealthCare exemplify the importance of community-based... Read more »

Thank You, Governor Patrick

It started long before he was even Governor, when he was just one of a number of long-shot candidates. In the fall of 2005, Deval Patrick endorsed our long-shot health reform proposal, calling it “a credible, achievable means to bring immediate progress.” Over and over, he declared that health care was a public good. Our bill was merged with ideas from Governor Romney, Speaker DiMasi, and many others, but it was eventually became Chapter 58. The law passed in April 2006, just months before the November election. So implementation largely fell to Governor Patrick. Barely a week after being... Read more »

Why Health Care For All is important to me

Health Care For All is important to me because of all we do to help individuals and families understand their health care options and get connected to the care they need.  I travel across the state and have the joy of  helping people and hearing about their personal experiences with the health care system. These consumer stories help guide HCFA's advocacy efforts and improve the health care system for everyone. Read more »

Make Your Year End Gift Today

Giving to Health Care For All has never been easier Please make a tax-deductible donation today! HCFA is reaching out into communities across the state during the Commonwealth’s open enrollment period to make sure individuals and families have the information they need to get, and stay, connected to quality, affordable health care. HCFA is more than halfway to its goal of knocking on 200,000 statewide! Give to HCFA today and join the list of supporters that make our work possible. Read more »

Giving Back

A NATIONAL DAY OF GIVING Today is Giving Tuesday, a response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. HCFA is able to do the work we do because of the generosity of our supporters. Gifts from individuals, families, and organizations allow HCFA to continue to assist all Massachusetts residents in receiving the health coverage they need. Giving to Health Care For All has never been so easy. On this “Giving Tuesday,” please consider making a donation to Health Care For All in one of the following ways:  To make a tax-deductible donation: Read more »

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