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Massachusetts health care — wonky, with a healthy dose of reality



Congratulations to HCFA Outreach Manager Dayanne Leal on receiving the Community Activist of 2009 award. Dayanne was honored this week by Assistencia Total Brasileira at its First Annual Thanksgiving Fundraiser and Award Dinner. Assistenica Total recognized Dayanne for her outstanding work for social justice here and in Brazil. Dayanne is a devoted outreach staff member doing valuable work for the Brazilian community in Massachusetts. She founded the charity Tropical Angels Project which supports needy children and families in Brazil. The HelpLine team, Denise Moran, Kate Bicego, Carlos Solis... Read more »

The Secret of our Success -- Revealed!

Why has Massachusetts been so successful in increasing heath care coverage to uninsured residents? A new study provides the answer! The study, by Urban Institute researched Stan Dorn and colleagues, was funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. As the report notes, by the summer of 2008—less than two years after Massachusetts’ health care reform law became effective— only 2.6 percent of Massachusetts’s residents were uninsured. This was the lowest proportion ever recorded in an American state. The state’s gains in coverage were particularly large for adults with incomes low enough to... Read more »

Bookmark This: BCBS MA Foundation Launches Impressive New Website

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation is launching their new website today: BlueCrossFoundation.org. We think it’s great, we want you to take a look at it, too. The website is user-friendly and chock-full of valuable information about the Massachusetts health care world and the Foundation’s work. The site has information about the grants the Foundation funds and helpful FAQ for organizations interested in applying for grants. The site allows viewers to watch stories of real people helped by MA health reform in the “Voices of Reform” section. Viewers can watch interviews with... Read more »

The Importance of Outreach

At Wednesday afternoon’s Joint Committee on Health Care Financing hearing, a number of individuals spoke about the importance of the MassHealth Outreach Grants. This session, Senator Benjamin Downing is sponsoring S. 539, An Act Relative to Health Care Outreach and Enrollment. The bill will make permanent the grant program, currently unfunded in both the Governor’s and House budgets. Senator Downing spoke first, asking for support of the bill. Then a panel from the ACT!! Coalition discussed the myriad ways outreach workers connect communities to insurance and care. Chip Joffe-Halpern,... Read more »

Health Care Financing Committee to Hear Health Reform and Pharma Bills Tomorrow

The Joint Committee on Health Care Financing will hold a public hearing tomorrow, Wednesday, May 6th at 1:00pm in Hearing Room A-1 of State House. Pharmaceutical, public health and elder and long term care bills will be heard. The ACT!! Coalition and the Massachusetts Prescription Reform Coalition will be weighing in on several bills to voice our strong support or opposition. Read more »


The House Ways and Means Committee released their proposed FY2010 budget today. The budget cuts deeply into health priorities, including prescription drugs for seniors, public health prevention programs, mental health, and other areas. Without restoration of these cuts and new revenues to rebuild our health infrastructure, these cuts will harm the health of vulnerable Bay Staters. Deep CutsPublic health programs took wrenching cuts. The House Ways and Means proposal calls for cutting nearly a quarter of the DPH budget compared to the FY09 budget, and some areas were cut deeper. Compared to FY... Read more »

March 5th is Community Health Worker Day at the State House

The Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers (MACHW) is hosting a Community Health Worker Advocacy Day at the State House on Thursday, March 5th from 11-3. MACHW will highlight their priority bill, An Act to Certify Community Health Workers in Massachusetts , which seeks to create a board of certification of community health workers. The board will help to improve community health worker training and development, while improving the quality of services CHWs provide to their communities. Health Care For All recognizes the importance CHWs play in creating healthy communities, and... Read more »


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