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Thanks, Senator Moore

In January, Massachusetts Senator Richard Moore, one of the strongest and most expert health care leaders in the Legislature, will be leaving the State House.  Read more »

The End of an Era – A Legislative Giant Retires in Washington

Normally, the retirement of a member of Congress representing a district nearly 2,000 miles from Massachusetts would not be mentioned on this blog.  But Congressman Henry Waxman’s announcement today that he will be leaving public life at the end of this year is a notable exception. During his 40 (yes, 40!) years in the House of Representatives, there was scarcely any piece of health care legislation that did not have his fingerprints on it.  As Chairman of the Health and the Environment Subcommittee, Waxman held the first hearings into the emerging HIV/AIDS crisis, exposed deceitful practices... Read more »

President Comes To Town

Last week, on a day full of victories, the President of the United States visited Boston to defend the Affordable Care Act. He began his historic appearance at Faneuil Hall with the self-deprecating and not altogether untrue observation that his visit was not the biggest event of the day, given the Red Sox World Series game that night. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"278","attributes":{"class":"media-image","typeof":"foaf:Image","height":"344","width":"425","style":""}}]] The President’s appearance was capped off with a wonderful introduction by Governor Patrick, who, with... Read more »

Texas vs. Massachusetts: Their Best Is Our Worst

Rapper Nas has spit a great rhyme in his song Make the World Go Round: I'm a rare dude, I'm a wonder, your best success is my worst blunder Today, a post on Health Affairs blog, Plano, Texas Vs. Revere, Massachusetts: Sorting Through The Differing Causes And Durations Of Uninsurance made the same point in the realm of uninsurance rates. The worst in Massachusetts equals the best in Texas: Read more »

DOMA Decision Impacts Health Insurance, State Budget

Today's Supreme Court decision holding part of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional will have a number of impacts on health insurance eligibility and costs for same-sex married couples. It also might impact the state budget. Attorney General Martha Coakley quickly put together today a FAQ page, at mass.gov/doma looking at many of these issues. It includes analysis and answers to questions like: Read more »

About Last Night's Question

HCFA is a 501(c)3, so we don't endorse candidates or take positions on partisan electoral issues. So we need to be careful in our commentary on last night's debate between Senate candidates Gabriel Gomez and Ed Markey, including their answers to a question about health care (watch it). So here's a topic we can have a strong opinion on: the question itself. Here it is, asked by Boston Globe political editor Cynthia Needham: Read more »

DVR Alert: "Escape Fire" - Searing Documentary on Our Failed Health Care System

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/27450676] Must see TV: The award-winning documentary Escape Fire will be broadcast on CNN this Sunday. The movie will air on Sunday night March 10th at 8:00pm on CNN. It will re-air at 11pm ET and again on March 16th. Set your DVR. From the producers: Read more »

Reflections on the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Today marks the 40th the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. As I reflect on what that means for me personally and for women across the country, I am struck that even in a state like Massachusetts, where we tout ourselves as national leaders in health care access, there is still much work to be done. Read more »

Elizabeth Warren Named to US Senate Health Committee

Today the US Senate majority Democrats announced their committee assignments for the next Congress. While lots of attention was heaped on the appointment of Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren to the Banking Committee, we were thrilled to learn that she also was named to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, usually called the HELP Committee. Read more »

Call on Globe For A Correction: Obamacare REDUCES the Federal Deficit

From Boston Globe, 11/4/12 Did you see the Globe's Sunday Metro-front box, on the key positions of Senate candidates Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren? Did you catch the huge mistake, in the very first line? Under the issue topic "deficit" (which is shorthand for how do we reduce the federal budget deficit), Brown lists "repeal Obama’s health care law" as the first entry. What's wrong with this picture? Read more »

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