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National Health Reform is Good For Massachusetts: Keeping the Mouth in the Body

Massachusetts has long been a leader in health reform, and oral health advocates have worked to ensure that oral health is a part of this important work. National health reform will be good for Massachusetts, because it will strengthen oral health in the Commonwealth. Oral health is an essential part of overall health. Dental decay is caused by a bacterial infection in the mouth and is the most common chronic childhood disease. If left untreated, dental disease can impact other chronic health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, and can interfere with basic life activities, such as... Read more »

National Health Reform is Good For Massachusetts: Eliminate Lifetime Coverage Caps

National health reform will strengthen protections for Massachusetts consumers by eliminating lifetime caps, financial restrictions on how much an insurance company will pay for care. Under current Connector regulations, insurers may cap benefits for students and young people, and they may impose lifetime limits on benefits for “non-core services.” This will be reversed under national health reform. Eliminating lifetime benefit caps is one of President Obama’s 8 “Core Health Insurance Consumer Protections” he’s insisting be a part of national reform. Why is this important? Here is one mother’... Read more »

National Health Reform is Good For Massachusetts: Listen to our Secretary of Health and Human Services

As a doctor, a patient, policy-maker and administrator of the state’s health care programs, Dr. JudyAnn Bigby is in one of the best positions to comment on why national health reform will be good for Massachusetts. So don’t just take our word for it – listen to hers. In an op/ed in yesterday’s Standard-Times, the Secretary outlines the many reasons national health reform will benefit the Commonwealth. She begins by reminding readers of the Governor's consistent prioritization of health reform and, in particular, the affordability of health care for families and businesses. She stresses that... Read more »

National Health Reform is Good For Massachusetts: Jobs and Economic Growth

Earlier this month, an analysis of two studies (pdf) from Harvard and the University of Southern California projected that national health reform would create between 250,000 and 400,000 jobs per year over the next decade – up to 4 million jobs over the decade. The study also shows that health reform will increase middle-class wages and increase national income. This week, the researchers broke down their findings on a state-by-state basis. For Massachusetts, the study demonstrates that health reform would create over 4100 new jobs in the Commonwealth. Read more »

Your Weekend Diversion (OMG: We're Having A Conversation About Health Care!)

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National Health Reform is Good For Massachusetts: The Website

Click on the graphic above to go to www.NationalHealthReformIsGoodForMA.org, our website to encourage people to contact Massachusetts members of Congress to support health reform. Following today's summit, which clarified so starkly the stakes involved in the health reform debate, we urge all those who support health reform to let their friends know about the site and contact their Representative in Washington. Read more »

National Health Reform is Good for Massachusetts: Meet Melissa and Tom

Health Care for All’s Helpline hears from thousands of callers each year that don’t have health insurance because they can’t afford it. The high cost forces people to make decisions between buying food, housing, and paying their bills or purchasing health insurance to protect their families. Today we would like to share one such story with our readers. Melissa and Tom first contacted the HelpLine in 2008 when they opened their small business. The couple has worked hard to provide for their family, and their two young children. They were delighted to find out that their entire family... Read more »

National Health Reform is Good For Massachusetts: Speaking Out

Monday, HCFA helped organize a State House event to show widespread support for national health reform. The speakers represented consumers, labor, religious communities, immigrants, insurers, business leaders, state government, hospitals and physicians. Our united message, echoing the points made in today's Globe op-ed: National Health Reform is Good for Massachusetts. Read more »

Addendum: National Health Reform is Good for Hawaii, too.

As we get the popcorn ready for the bi-partisan summit Thursday, the Wonk Room blog has good, basic chart comparing Obama's proposal with the House and Senate bills; Kaiser has a more detailed comparison. And while looking over the charts, anyone who missed this great clip from last week must click below:The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c Read more »

Health Reform is Good for Massachusetts: Helping More People Get Affordable Coverage

The number one reason millions of American lack health insurance is they cannot afford it. In Massachusetts, our health reform law has enabled hundreds of thousands of previously uninsured residents to get affordable, quality health coverage. However, sliding scale subsidies for insurance only reach individuals and families up to 300% of the federal poverty level (FPL), an income of about $32,000 for an individual. The only option for most Massachusetts residents above 300% FPL, without access to employer sponsored insurance, is to buy insurance on the private market. Although our 2006... Read more »


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