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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 »

Feds Approve Massachusetts Exchange Plan

This afternoon, federal officials released a letter to Governor Patrick approving the Health Connector's application to be a federal health exchange under the Affordable Care Act. (see letter here (pdf), and federal HHS Secretary Sebelius blog post). 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 »

Studies Look At Massachusetts Impact of Policy Choices

Admittedly, "Studies Look At Massachusetts Impact of Policy Choices" could be an entrant in a boring headline contest. At HCFA, we don't endorse candidates or take any partisan positions, but we do want our readers to understand the impacts of policy choices for Massachusetts health care. Hence this post. Read more »

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 »

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