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For Your Mass Health Info File - New Reports on Budget Funding and Provisions

They read the bills, so you don't have to. The collaboration between the Mass Medicaid Policy Institute, Mass Law Reform Institute and the Mass Budget and Policy Center continues to provide us with great summaries and insight into the often arcane provisions enacted into law as part of the budget process. This stuff is complicated in Massachusetts for two reasons. First, in addition to an annual budget covering the fiscal year (starts on July 1), the legislature enacts each a number of additional, supplemental budget statutes during the year, including usually one after the fiscal year as... Read more »

August 1: Women's Health Progress Thanks To ACA

Click for the full graphic from the Center For American Progress [Our guest blogger is Megan Amundson of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts. We're also active supporters of the Countdown to Coverage campaign, an effort to help women understand the concrete ways that the Affordable Care Act is already helping women and our families stay healthy. They have highlighted all the new benefits for women's health in a series of posts this week.] Read more »

We Need To Defend The ACA

Last Friday, HCFA hosted a conference call to discuss the Supreme Court decision on the ACA and its implications for both Massachusetts and the nation at large. The key takeaway from the call? The Affordable Care Act needs to be defended in the upcoming policy debates, even here in Massachusetts. Folks on the call and regular readers of this blog know that the ACA is good for Massachusetts. That’s why we’re asking: will you write a Letter to the Editor in your local paper supporting the Affordable Care Act? Read more »

Join HCFA Call on ACA and SCOTUS - Friday at noon

Since the Supreme Court decision on health reform was made, you’ve no doubt heard pundits talk about what it means politically — and probably heard a lot of misinformation about what the Affordable Care Act actually does. That’s why on Friday, July 20th at 12pm we’re teaming up with our partners at Health Law Advocates and Community Catalyst to discuss what the Supreme Court decision means.  Details:   What does the Supreme Court Decision  Mean for the Affordable Care Act and Massachusetts? Time: 12pm Friday, July 20th 2012 Call in number: 877-594-8353 Passcode: 966 88 123 RSVPs not required... Read more »

Our Press Statement: Moving Forward With Health Reform (UPDATED: with video)

(At a packed State House press event today, all of the key groups that came together to pass Massachusetts health reform celebrated the Supreme Court decision and affirmed our collective desire to move forward. The highlight was presentations by two consumers, each impacted by serious medical issues, and each able to get good care only because of health reform) Read more »

More Than A Footnote: HCFA/HLA Amicus Brief Cited in SCOTUS Opinion

On page 8 of Justice Ginsburg's concurring opinion (page 73 in this pdf), she cites the amicus brief submitted by Health Care For All along with our partners HLA, MHA, GBIO, Community Catalyst and the Mass League of Community Health Centers: Read more »

Mass. Individual Mandate: The Dog that Didn’t Bark…Yet Again

Individual mandate data released by the Health Connector and Department of Revenue from the 2010 tax year indicate that Massachusetts’ individual mandate is working.  The report shows that 99% of tax filers required to report health insurance status complied, and 92% reported being insured with Minimum Creditable Coverage (MCC)-compliant coverage for all of 2010.  Relatively fewer filers – 44,000 or 1% of filers – were assessed a penalty in 2010, as compared to 2009. Read more »

Mass moving forward with ACA implementation

Yesterday the House and Senate passed a supplemental budget bill (pdf) that includes many provisions needed to move forward with implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Massachusetts. Governor Patrick is expected to sign the bill quickly. Read more »

HHS Releases Report on Successes of Consumer Assistance Programs Nationwide

Today federal HHS released a report detailing the successes of Consumer Assistance Programs, including Health Care For All’s HelpLine. In 2010, as a result of the Affordable Care Act, 35 states were awarded grants to provide consumers with assistance navigating their health care coverage. The Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services was a grant awardee and subcontracted with Health Care For All and Health Law Advocates to launch the Mass. Consumer Assistance Program. As described in the report, CAPs achieved impressive success including: Read more »

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