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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 »

Let It BHP

A few weeks ago, officials from EOHHS, MassHealth, and the Connector publicly announced their recommendation to implement a Basic Health Plan (BHP) in Massachusetts, to be administered by MassHealth, beginning in January 2014 (see this state powerpoint for analysis and details). Health Care For All and the Affordable Care Today!! coalition strongly support this decision. Read more »

Feliz Cumpleaños to Massachusetts Health Reform - Similar Gains in Hispanic Coverage Expected Nationally Under ACA

Last week Health Care For All and Community Catalyst, Massachusetts leaders and consumers gathered at the State House to highlight the success of health care reform among Hispanics in the state. This month marks the 6th anniversary of passage of Chapter 58 in Massachusetts and the second anniversary since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law by President Obama - two landmark pieces of legislation that have opened the doors to care for millions of residents first in the state and now nationwide. Read more »

Ringside II: Wednesday from the Supreme Court

HCFA Executive Director Amy Whitcomb Slemmer was at Wednesday's Supreme Court arguments on the constitutionality of the Medicaid expansion. Here's her report:) Greetings from SCOTUS (as the cool kids are calling it). This was another incredible day from the Supreme Court of the United States where the final day of arguments about the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act was discussed, dissected and debated among the members of the highest court in the land. Day three had fewer protesters providing color commentary outside the building, but double the line standers because the day’s... Read more »

Ringside Report From The Supreme Court

HCFA Executive Director Amy Slemmer is in Washington this week, and sent this report from the oral arguments on the Affordable Care Act. Hello from the US Supreme Court. Read more »

NPR: Massachusetts (cf. Texas)

With the second anniversary of the ACA and the Supreme Court challenge coming up, the media are focused on every angle of national health reform. We know that real life stories are often the best way to communicate reality, and NPR did a great job on Tuesday bringing us two similar people from Texas and Massachusetts. Similar, except that the Massachusetts person has good, affordable health coverage. The stories, One Nation, Two Health Care Extremes is built off of two reporters, one from each state. In Houston, Carrie Feibel introduces us to what it's like for someone in a state with 25% of... Read more »


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