A Healthy Blog

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


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 »

What Are You Thankful For?

This week, Health Care For All (HCFA) is especially thankful for you, our supporters and friends. You make it possible for us to provide direct services, policy expertise, education and advocacy for health care consumers across Massachusetts. HCFA is able to do the work we do because of your continuing generosity. Please consider a holiday contribution today. Sincerely, The Staff and Board of Health Care For All To make a tax-deductible donation: Read more »

Fashionably Healthy Savings For You - and help HCFA, too

We are excited to announce that Health Care For All has joined forces with Lord & Taylor for a major fundraising event - providing you with some fashionably healthy savings   The Boston Lord & Taylor store on Boylston Street will be hosting its annual SHOP CHIC AND MAKE IT COUNT event on Thursday, November 6th from 9am to 11pm benefiting Health Care For All and other local charities.   Tickets are only $5 each. Here’s what each ticket offers you: Read more »

And now a word from our sponsor…

Our fiscal year ends on June 30th – there are just five days left to help Health Care For All this year!   Please help us provide health care education, enrollment services, and advocacy that the people of Commonwealth 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.   Read more »

HCFA Announces: One Care Ombudsman

Today marks the opening of HCFA's role as part of the One Care Ombudsman office.  As part of Health Care For All’s HelpLine team, I will provide information, education, and advocacy to individuals participating in a One Care plan—a new demonstration project that will coordinate care for individuals with disabilities. There are three Integrated Care Organizations contracting with One Care. Network Health’s Unify Program, Fallon Total Care, and Commonwealth Care Alliance plans are available to approximately 90,000 individuals located in nine Massachusetts counties. In order to qualify for One... Read more »


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