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2009 In Review

With 2010 dawning, we thought we’d look back over the year and highlight some of our top stories of 2009. While we had only 5 entries in our "health care humor" category (including lots of late-night Comedy Central fake news clips), this was a momentous year for us. With over 530 blog entries last year there was much to choose from. Below is what made our list of some of the biggest and brightest moments for Massachusetts and Health Care For All. All eyes on Massachusetts The biggest story of the year was the passage by both the House and Senate of comprehensive national health reform modeled... 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 2009. 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 »

Children’s Mental Health Campaign Travels to Holyoke

This Friday, December 11, the Children’s Mental Health Campaign  will co-host a Children’s Mental Health Forum in Holyoke with the MSPCC Holyoke office.  Mental health service providers, parents of children who suffer from mental illness, school counselors and more are expected to gather to share and discuss their experiences in accessing the children’s mental health care system in Massachusetts. This forum which begins at 9am will be held at the Holyoke Health Center and is open to the public. Read more »

Parabéns

Congratulations to HCFA Outreach Manager Dayanne Leal on receiving the Community Activist of 2009 award. Dayanne was honored this week by Assistencia Total Brasileira at its First Annual Thanksgiving Fundraiser and Award Dinner. Assistenica Total recognized Dayanne for her outstanding work for social justice here and in Brazil. Dayanne is a devoted outreach staff member doing valuable work for the Brazilian community in Massachusetts. She founded the charity Tropical Angels Project which supports needy children and families in Brazil. The HelpLine team, Denise Moran, Kate Bicego, Carlos Solis... Read more »

HCFA Honored to Receive Federal CHIPRA Outreach Grant

Wednesday HCFA received a significant federal grant to enroll and retain MA kids in health coverage. The award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is from a $40 million pool distributed to 69 organizations in 41 states, as part of the CHIP reauthorization bill, CHIPRA. HCFA is honored to have the opportunity to partner with the feds, the state, Mass Medicaid Policy Institute, and community organizations to identify and enroll the hardest to reach kids. As of 2008, approximately 90,000 Massachusetts children were insured through MassHealth – the combined Medicaid and CHIP... Read more »

Congratulations, HLA

Congratulations to Health Law Advocates on the selection of its new Executive Director, Matt Selig. HCFA is the parent of HLA, which assists low and moderate income families in overcoming administrative, legal or financial barriers to health care. HLA combines legal expertise with grassroots organizing and policy reform to advance universal access. HLA also uses the law to tackle issues involving broad system reforms, such as cases challenging barriers to enrollment in the state's new health insurance products, children's access to mental health services and access to dental care among poor... Read more »

HCFA Mourns Senator Kennedy

Health Care For All is deeply saddened by the passing of Senator Edward Kennedy. Today, Massachusetts and the country lost its liberal lion in the Senate, the greatest legislator in our history and champion for the most vulnerable among us. But we will go forward remembering the senator’s passion and leadership and his belief that each one of us deserves the dignities of equal rights, a meaningful education, and affordable, accessible health care. The senator dedicated his life to serving others, the state, and the country he loved. We will live into his legacy every day by carrying with us... Read more »

And now, a word from your sponsor

Only 10 hours until HCFA ends its 2009 fiscal year. This is our last fundraising effort before July first and your final chance this year to support our work. We, like others in these difficult economic times, are struggling to meet our fundraising goals. 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. Please... Read more »

Plans Tonight? Support HCFA!

We are just hours away from this year’s For The People celebration, our largest fundraiser of the year. This year we are honoring three extraordinary women for their commitment to health reform – Secretary JudyAnn Bigby, Attorney General Martha Coakley and Senate President Therese Murray. It is shaping up to be a wonderful evening, and we hope that you can join us tonight at 5:00 at the Westin Copley Place Boston. In addition to our awards, the evening will include a silent auction with great items including Red Sox tickets, trips and classes. Go here for a preview of the items. Read more »

Amy Whitcomb Slemmer on Neighborhood Network News

Amy Whitcomb Slemmer, Executive Director of Health Care For All Tune in to Neighborhood Network News tonight at 5:30, 9:30, and 11 to hear Amy Whitcomb Slemmer, Executive Director Health Care For All, talk about cuts to public health and how Health Care For All is advocating to restore funding to these critical services.Click here to visit Neighborhood Network News website Read more »

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