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Support the Prevention Trust Fund - Join us at a State House Rally, June 6, 10:30 am

During the Senate budget debate last week, the Senate approved an amendment that extended the Prevention & Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF).  HCFA strongly supports the PWTF, and we are working closely with the lead advocacy organization, the Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA), to make sure the provision is part of the final budget.    Read more »

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS): MA Taskforce Report Offers Path to Advancing Parent and Infant Health

This blog was originally published on Community Catalyst’s blog Health Policy Hub Read more »

HCFA Supports Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund

HCFA was proud to play a leading role in today's big State House Campaign Kick-Off in support of Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund. PWTF is a unique Massachusetts program that works in partnership with community organizations to keep people safe and healthy. Almost one million people benefit from the program, which is currently active in nine regions, and focuses on four priority health conditions: pediatric asthma, hypertension, tobacco, and falls among older adults. Read more »

Partnership in Peril: Federal Funding at Risk for States

Today, the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center released a report highlighting the major federal funding sources received by the state to provide access to affordable health care, help children thrive, assist low-income families, and care for veterans. Read more »

Sexual Health Lobby Day

Make your voice heard by joining hundreds of sexual health advocates from across the state for the Sexual Health Lobby Day at the Massachusetts State House in Boston on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. Sexual Health Lobby Day is an exciting and meaningful opportunity to meet directly with your elected officials and advocate for access to sexual and reproductive health care. In today’s uncertain national political climate, we need to ensure that here in Massachusetts sexual and reproductive health care is prioritized, defended, and expanded by our own state legislature. Sign up below! Read more »

House Budget An Opportunity To Improve Health in Massachusetts

Last week, the state House of Representatives unveiled their draft proposed budget for fiscal year 2017 (which begins this July 1). Like the Governor's proposal, the House budget proposes spending just under $40 billion, with about $15.4 billion going to MassHealth, a increase of below 5% (note that in figuring the cost to the state for MassHealth, one needs to subtract from the $15.4 million appropriation the some $7 billion in federal Medicaid revenue that we receive as a result of our MassHealth program). The budget proposes no major cuts in eligibility or benefits for MassHealth, though... Read more »

Senate Budget Makes Solid Progress on Public Health

The State Senate finished its work on the Fiscal Year 2016 budget early in the morning on Friday.  A number of HCFA's priorities were included in the final budget, including funding for early intervention, an earmark for the Office of Health Equity in EOHHS, and a restructuring of CHIA to allow for oversight of an independent agency. Other priorities of ours, such as reinstating full dental coverage for adults on MassHealth, were not approved by the Senate. A bright spot in the budget was some real progress on a number of public health initiatives, where HCFA collaborated with our partners at... Read more »

Congratulations, Marylou

We were so pleased to learn today that incoming Governor Charlie Baker has selected Marylou Sudders to be his Secretary of Health and Human Services (for details, see this State House News Service story). Marylou and HCFA go back a long way, through our work together on children's health for over a decade, her 7-year service as Commissioner of Mental Health from 1996-2003, and our more recent work with her as a member of the Health Policy Commission. She brings enormous experience with state care systems, a very expansive empathy for the people the EOHHS agencies serve, and an openness to... Read more »

Two Upcoming Meetings: Western Mass Health Equity Summit; and MPHA Annual Meeting

Two wothwhile events coming up: First up, this Thursday, is the Western Massachusetts Health Equity Summit:  Read more »

Closing North Adams Hospital - A Thought Experiment (UPDATED)

(AP photo) Here's a thought experiment prompted by the closing of North Adams Regional Hospital: Read more »


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