A Healthy Blog

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


Each of Us Doing Our Part in Boston After the Attacks - HCFA Available to Navigate Health Care Coverage Challenges

Health Care For All is getting the word out that our free HelpLine is available to assist Massachusetts residents with insurance issues following the Marathon attacks. The HelpLine counselors are unparalleled in their understanding of our health care system and the programs available and stand ready to answer questions in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. Read more »

Thank You, Mr. Mayor

Boston without Mayor Menino at the helm?  Nearly impossible to imagine!  He's been Mayor for most of Health Care For All's history and he's been a terrific friend as he has made Boston healthier, safer and ready for success in the complicated 21st century.  Our Mr. Mayor is a determined champion of the underdog – which is clearly part of the attraction for HCFA and this political leader.  As we focus on creating a health care system that provides care for everyone, particularly the most vulnerable among us, Mayor Menino is in the streets talking with under-served people, listening to their... Read more »

Seeking Uninsured or Recently Uninsured Adults to Inform Outreach

Are you an adult who does not have health insurance, or didn’t until recently? Or do you know adults in this situation? We are looking for people to be interviewed or take part in a focus group in April. Everyone who takes part will get a meal and a $15 gift certificate to a local supermarket. If you know someone who might be interested, please send them the link to this post. What does it involve?  We’ll show you cards with words and pictures that explain health insurance words and terms (like premium, subsidy, and copay). We’re not testing the people who take part — we’re testing the cards... Read more »

Honoring John Auerbach - and For The People

Last week we celebrate the accomplishments of Distinguished Professor and former head of the Department of Public Health John Auerbach by creating the first ever “John Auerbach Community Leader Award.” John’s work is nationally recognized and has improved the lives of countless residents of Massachusetts. He reminds us that sustainable health care reforms require collaboration between public health officials, consumers, advocacy organizations, and all other sectors of our society. His accomplishments are too many to list in a blog. But it’s worth mentioning just a few highlights. Read more »

Mass. CAP Kicks Off ACA Education Campaign With Ten Regional Partners

The Massachusetts Consumer Assistance Program (Mass. CAP), led by Health Care for All and Health Law Advocates, launched an outreach and education campaign training on March 15th to educate communities in Massachusetts about their new rights and responsibilities under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The campaign will focus its attention on limited English-speaking communities in Massachusetts, but will not only focus on this population. The Mass. CAP is partnering with ten community-based organizations throughout the state to assist with the campaign. (See below for list of CBO partners.) Read more »

Uninsured in Massachusetts Still Exist and Face Daunting Challenges

While Massachusetts has the lowest uninsurance rate in the nation (4.8% for adults age 19-64 and ~1% for children 18 and under), people continue to experience periods of uninsurance. We now know a lot more about the remaining uninsured in Massachusetts thanks to a brand new report issued by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation and the Urban Institute. The report goes into impressive detail about who the uninsured are and what challenges they face.  Perhaps even more importantly, the report suggests outreach strategies that state agencies, policymakers, and other stakeholders... Read more »

HCFA Hosts Legislators At Bill Cosponsorship Fair

Representative Thomas P. Conroy talks with HCFA staff members.   Read more »

HCFA Looks Ahead to 2013

Happy New Year from all of HCFA (see our staff picture above)! The year 2013 will be a critical year for health care in Massachusetts. State government will be making numerous decisions that will directly impact the availability, cost and quality of the care that everyone depends on. Health Care For All will be there, making the sure the voices of consumers and patients are heard on Beacon Hill, and throughout the state. Among the key issues we anticipate focusing on for 2013 are: Read more »

And now a word from our sponsors

The season of giving is almost over and there are only a few days left to donate to HCFA in 2012. 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. Read more »

Connecting Small Businesses to Coverage

Earlier this year, HCFA conducted a needs assessment, commissioned by the Health Connector, among Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking small businesses about how they provide or don’t provide health coverage to their employees. The survey is a part of the work we’re doing with the Health Connector as we reach out to Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking small businesses across Massachusetts to make sure they know about the affordable health care options that are available to employers, employees and others. Now, based on the results we got from talking with hundreds of small businesses, we’re ready to... Read more »


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