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Coronavirus is among us and we all have a responsibility to do our part to stop it or at least to slow it down

We are faced with a once in a century public health crisis that has bought society to a halt, that threatens to overwhelm health systems and that may yet bring economies to their knees. Over the last few weeks, the unthinkable - that a virus affecting one city in one country would have a similar impact everywhere else in the world -- became thinkable and now inevitable.  Read more »

Immigrants At Higher Risk Of Being Disconnected To Coverage And Care

The immigrant community has always been at the core of much of the work that Health Care For All (HCFA) does. HCFA’s HelpLine handles over 20,000 calls each year, and 50% percent of these calls come from individuals who do not speak English as a first language. Many of our callers are immigrants. Over the years, we have implemented outreach and educational activities in areas of Massachusetts with a higher concentration of foreign-born populations, such as Framingham, Chelsea, Lowell, Waltham, and Somerville. Even though health disparities persist, we have made great strides in connecting... Read more »

Good Oral Health a Key Component of Good Overall Health

Everyone should have the opportunity to have good health; oral health is an important component of this. In honor of National Public Health Week, we are highlighting the importance of oral health in maintaining the overall health of all people. Read more »

Framingham Enrollment Session: One Example of Effective Partnership with Ethnic Media and Groups on the Ground

With the end of Open Enrollment approaching, Health Care For All (HCFA) decided to host one last enrollment session in the city of Framingham on Saturday, January 20th 2018 to help those residents who still needed assistance applying for health insurance. HCFA coordinated an event alongside Rede ABR Radio Brasileira, the Joint Committee for Children’s Health Care in Everett, and the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center to serve the community. A group picture featuring all of our dedicated volunteers following a successful enrollment session Read more »

When it comes to kids, we’re number 1!

This week, we were proud to participate in the release of the Kids Count report, placing Massachusetts at number one in the nation when it comes to overall child well-being. The Annie E. Casey Foundation report covers a wide spectrum of data when it considers children’s wellbeing, and of course access to health care is one of the main metrics in addition to early education, child poverty, and more. With just only about 1% of children uninsured, Massachusetts does extremely well on access to coverage. Read more »

What Two Massachusetts Advocates Learned at the State of Enrollment Conference

“We have succeeded in covering millions of people – now we have to keep them covered” was a message we heard numerous times throughout Enroll America’s State of Enrollment conference.  The days at #SOE2014 were jam-packed with informative workshops and plenaries offering innovative, creative, and experience-driven ideas about how to successfully engage the remaining uninsured and keep those that have enrolled covered. And we know Navigators, Certified Application Counselors (CACs), and other assisters will be critical to ensuring this work is done and done right! Here are some of our key... Read more »

Enroll America Reports on Massachusetts Health Reform Education Campaign

Enroll America is the national non-profit working to to maximize the number of uninsured Americans who enroll in health coverage made available by the Affordable Care Act. They are focusing on states with the highest numbers of uninsured, as you would expect. But a number of their senior staff members were in Boston last week to learn about our success in Boston and share ideas and strategies. We also discussed what we are doing now to pick up the remaining uninsured and help those transitioning to ACA coverage. Read more »

Seeking Your Participation

Health Care For All has been asked to help review some health insurance materials! We would like your help to make sure the materials are easy to read and understand. Two people from the Center for Health Literacy will come to interview men and women over the age of 18 who agree to help and have not completed high school. If you agree to help, it will not affect your health insurance or benefits in any way. Each interview will take about 45 minutes and will happen on July 23rd. We will pay you $50 for your time after the interview. If you want to help and are available July 23rd, please... 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 »

Washington Post Visits HCFA: "Meet Kate Bicego, the woman who knows how to implement Obamacare"

Yesterday, Sarah Kliff from the Washington Post's Wonkblog visited HCFA and Community Catalyst, and here's her fabulous report: Meet Kate Bicego, the woman who knows how to implement Obamacare. Kate is HCFA's Helpline Manager, and, as Kliff reported, she and the other Helpline staffers are the crucial link in turning the promise of coverage into reality: If anyone can claim to know how best to implement Obamacare, it might be Kate Bicego. Bicego isn’t affiliated with any university or government agency. She isn’t a household name in health policy. She works in a nondescript cubicle in... Read more »

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