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


HCFA Briefs the Legislature on Health Priorities

Working with Public Health Committee Chairman Jeffrey Sanchez, Health Care For All unveiled its legislative portfolio for the 2011-12 session at a State House briefing on Monday (see more photos on Flickr and Facebook). A number of legislators attended the briefing in person, including Senator John Keenan and representatives Chris Walsh, Denise Provost, Nick Collins, Kay Khan, Paul Brodeur, and Chris Markey. Staffers from more than 15 other offices also attended. Read more »

You Called, She Answered: Secretary Sebelius Honors HCFA HelpLine

This month, as the nation was abuzz about the possible repeal of the nation's first ever universal health care bill - the Affordable Care Act - eyes turned away from the Capitol and toward Massachusetts - more specifically, Health Care For All where US Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius came to celebrate our HelpLine and deliver a message to the country about what we stand to lose if the nation's health care law were repealed. Health Care For All was honored and appreciative that Secretary Sebelius chose to come to the offices of Massachusetts' leading patient advocacy... Read more »

And Now, A Word From Our Sponsor

The season of giving is almost over and there are only a few days left to donate to HCFA in 2010. Please help us provide health care education, enrollment services and advocacy that the people of Massachusetts deserve. In order to continue the important work we do and improve the quality and accessibility of health care for all Massachusetts residents, we depend on your generosity. We invite old and new friends to consider making a gift today. If you have not already made a donation to our annual fund and appreciate the work we do, please help out. Click here to make a fully tax deductible... Read more »

Click. Shop. Support HCFA on Cyber Monday!

You can support Health Care For All by shopping online at over 800 + stores like Borders, Gap, Dell, and Amazon by selecting HCFA as your charity of choice when you join iGive.com for free! Through iGive.com, participating companies will donate a percentage of your purchase to Health Care For All. As a special incentive, iGive.com will donate an extra $5 to Health Care For All if you make a purchase within 45 days of joining. Shopping and giving to Health Care For All has never been so easy! -The Staff and Board of HCFA Read more »

Announcing iHCFA - Yeah, there's an app for us.

A HCFA iPhone app is now available at the iTunes store for all iPhone and iPod users. This app will allow users to tune into HCFA’s updates in one central location. It includes blog and Twitter updates, videos, pictures, documents, information on coalitions, upcoming events - all in one convenient package. Download it and leave a comment with your feedback to let us know how you like it! Support and development for this app was donated to HCFA by ITX, an iPhone apps and database firm.-Roksana Pirog Read more »

Ms. Whitcomb Slemmer Goes To Washington… And Meets With Secretary Sebelius

Yesterday, HCFA Executive Director Amy Whitcomb Slemmer met with USHHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to discuss the role consumer advocacy groups will play in states during the implementation of national health care reform. HCFA along with nine other consumer advocacy groups from across the country gathered for the meeting in Washington. They offered their experience and suggestions on how to educate consumers about their new coverage options. Read more »

Help HCFA - Charitable Giving Opportunities for Commonwealth Employees

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ employee charitable giving campaign is underway and Health Care For All is one of the many worthy organizations, partnered with Community Works, that may be chosen for donations through the campaign. We know times are difficult but contributing through payroll deduction can make donating to HCFA and other worthy groups a bit easier. A dollar a week seems more possible than $52 all at once. Please consider giving through Community Works and selecting HCFA's COMECC code: 111147. Any support makes a difference now more than ever. -Melissa Freitas Read more »

National health reform is good for Massachusetts

HCFA will be posting a blog-a-day about why national health reform is good for Massachusetts. These posts will include personal stories from people who have benefited from our state’s health reform law and how national health reform can help millions of others like them across the country. My name is Kate and I'm a member of Health Care for All's HelpLine. I’m also the family member of a cousin who died far too young because she couldn’t afford to pay for the health care she needed. This blog is dedicated to her. Since I joined the HelpLine in 2005, I’ve heard thousands of stories from people... Read more »

A Love Letter to Kate and Phil Villers

Last week Kate and Phil Villers, who should be known as the God Parents of Good Health Reform, were honored by FamiliesUSA, an organization that they founded in the early 1980’s. The award was given in recognition of their decades long commitment to improving the lives and health care for millions of people in this country. At the national conference in Washington, advocates were treated to a remarkable list of Kate and Phil’s accomplishments, and then to some of the most humble and generous remarks that any two awardees have ever offered an audience. The two of them, in partnership,... Read more »


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