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Remembering Nick Littlefield

All of us at Health Care For All were saddened to hear of the loss of Nick Littlefield in early February. Nick was a longtime champion of health care reform in America and Massachusetts, and his integrity and commitment to the cause will never be forgotten. Beginning his career as a lawyer committed to ethical practice and principles, Nick served as an assistant United States Attorney, taught at Harvard Law, was a leading partner at a Boston law firm, and fought public corruption as the chief counsel of the Ward Commission. Read more »

Congressman Jim McGovern: “It’s tragic because what Republicans are trying to do is take health care protections away from millions and millions of families."

Congressman Jim McGovern of Worcester spoke this morning as the U.S. House opened debate on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. He spoke eloquently in defense of health care as a right: “It is a cruel thing to do to take away people’s health care. We believe that health care ought to be a right, I know you don’t. We believe health care protections ought to be in law, you believe they ought to be up to the insurance companies. But this is a lousy thing to do. We’re gonna fight you on this. This is a fight worth having. Protecting people’s health care is something we should all be dedicated... Read more »

Thanks Obama: Drug Spending Up, But Drug Co-pays Down

National trends mean the rising cost of prescription drugs remain a driving factor of rising medical costs. In the preliminary findings of the annual Cost Trends and Market Performance report released by the Health Policy Commission (HPC), it is made apparent that a significant portion of growing medical expenditures in Massachusetts can be attributed to increased spending on prescription drugs. The HPC found that spending on prescription drugs increased by 8.8% from 2014 through 2015. Additionally, prescription drugs now constitute 17.2% of commercial healthcare spending in the Commonwealth... Read more »

Join our Friends and Family Campaign Today!

On May 4, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act, which repeals major provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and makes severe cuts to the Medicaid program. If enacted into law, this bill would be devastating to health care in Massachusetts and throughout the country. Nationally, this bill would result in 23 million people losing coverage, up to 445,000 in Massachusetts alone. Read more »

Senators Markey and Warren Defend the ACA, Cite Massachusetts Experience

Both Massachusetts U.S. Senators Warren and Markey took to the Senate floor on Monday night, as the Senate began debate on a budget resolution designed to set the stage for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Both cited in detail the success of Massachusetts' 2006 health reform law in setting the blueprint for the ACA, and how our efforts have led to the lowest uninsurance rate in the country. Senator Markey also focused on the role health coverage, particularly Medicaid coverage, plays in helping people with opioid addiction, and the support under the law for community health centers. He... Read more »

Protect Our Care - Join Our Campaign

Sign up for our campaign to stay informed and find out how you can help: www.hcfama.org/get-involved Please share this widely. Read more »

If Obamacare is Repealed, Can We Just Go Back To Romneycare?

Massachusetts pioneered health reform when we passed our “Chapter 58” law under Governor Mitt Romney in 2006. The result was a dramatic increase in insurance coverage and financial security, as well improvements in overall health, increases in preventive care, and dramatic reductions in racial and ethnic disparities in coverage.  These gains were most significant for the lowest income individuals. President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) increased coverage further, and provided additional support to Massachusetts’ health care system. With the looming repeal of the ACA being proposed by... Read more »

The Wisdom of Experience: Jon Kingsdale on why not to repeal the ACA

Jon Kingsdale can rightfully hold the title of senior implementor of health reform in the country, As the first Executive Director of the Massachusetts Health Connector, Jon had to figure out from scratch how to set up our health care marketplace in way that would be affordable, efficient, and would rely on competition among private insurers to offer coverage. Read more »

President Trump's First Cabinet Meeting: A Fantasy Story

The day after his inauguration, President Trump convenes his first cabinet meeting at the White House. “As you all know, just an hour after yesterday’s swearing-in ceremony, I signed the bill to repeal Obamacare,” the President says with a broad smile. The cabinet explodes in applause, with hoots and hollers. “The American people will no longer be subject to that sad law, with its heavy-handed government mandates and taxes.” Read more »

Almost 370,000 Massachusetts residents would lose health coverage under ACA repeal

It would be a disaster if the ACA were repealed, almost 370,000 Massachusetts residents would lose health coverage in 2019. Read more »

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