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6 Years Later: Massachusetts Health Reform A Success

This week marks the 6th anniversary of the passage of Massachusetts Health Reform, and we have more evidence than ever that it has been a huge success for patients and consumers in the Commonwealth. We know that Massachusetts boasts the highest coverage rate in the nation with 98 percent of adults and 99.8 percent of children insured. Prior to 2006, a disproportionate number of Hispanics were uninsured with nearly 1 in 4 without access to health care coverage. As of 2010, 96% of the Hispanic population are insured. We know that this means that they are connected to care, as ¾ of those insured... Read more »

Rally Calls For Full MassHealth Dental Benefits

More than 80 consumers, advocates, legislators, and staff flooded the State House Member’s Lounge yesterday, wearing red in support of Restoring Essential Dental benefits to MassHealth. Kathy Eklund, chair of the Oral Health Advocacy Taskforce (OHAT), kicked off the afternoon by reminding the room that “in order to ensure the health of every community across Commonwealth, including our most vulnerable populations, benefits must be fully restored.” Read more »

National Health Reform Is Good For Massachusetts: Senator Kerry Puts It All Together

A bit over two years ago, we linked to a blog post by Senator Kerry, listing the numerous benefits from the national health reform law, then pending in the House. Now, on the second anniversary of the law's enactment, Senator Kerry is back with HuffPo post on how health reform is helping Massachusetts, and the role our 2006 reform played in getting there: Read more »

Happy Second Birthday, ACA. And we say again, National Health Reform is Good For Mas

Today marks the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. In Massachusetts Read more »

Final Duals Proposal Submitted to CMS – Round Two of Comments

Last Friday, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) posted the state’s final Duals Demonstration proposal. The proposal would set up a fully integrated care program for people with disabilities under age 65 who are covered by both Medicaid and Medicare. Here's how the proposal's introduction frames the issue: Read more »

Infection Report Released Tomorrow and Webinar on Better Care and Lower Costs

The Department of Public Health will release its latest public report on healthcare-associated infections at the Public Health Council meeting on Wednesday morning. Under state law, the Department is required to issue reports on infection rates at hospitals across Massachusetts. Health Care For All and the Consumer Health Quality Council advocated for the mandate and are looking forward to seeing this year’s report. The Department has put much time and energy into making the report more accessible and understandable for consumers while also making it a useful tool for hospitals’ quality... Read more »

Nominate a Community Leader Today!

We invite you to nominate an innovative health care leader in Massachusetts that has contributed to significant improvements in health through community based initiatives. Health Care For All's Community Leader Award honors individuals, organizations, or groups in Massachusetts that best exemplifie achievements in: • Outstanding health care leadership or advocacy OR • Significant improvements in health care for the most vulnerable among us. Read more »

[UPDATED] Covering All Legal Immigrants: Not $150 million this year, and not after next year, either

The state SJC just ordered the state to restore full Commonwealth Care coverage for legal immigrants. What's it going to cost? For lots of people, the $30 billion state budget is just lots of unimaginable big numbers. But for those those of us who pay attention to budget numbers, and understand the relative scope and costs of stuff, we want to correct a cost misconception that's been floating around the press. For example, the lede in today's Globe story says this: Massachusetts lawmakers must quickly come up with about $150 million to provide health insurance to tens of thousands of legal... 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 2011. 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 »

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