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A Day at the State House: Health Care Financing Committee Hears Testimony on Legislation to Reduce Prescription Drug Costs

Prescription drugs don’t work if people can’t afford them, and too many people in Massachusetts can’t afford the high cost of prescription drugs. Here at Health Care For All (HCFA), we know all too well – from real-life stories and statistical data alike – that this is true. That’s why HCFA is a leading member of the MA Prescription Drug Affordability Coalition, a broad-based coalition representing a wide range of stakeholders, including consumer advocates, seniors, children, individuals with disabilities, providers, provider groups, unions, faith-based groups, mental health organizations and... Read more »

Faces of MassHealth: Portrait of a Diverse Population

MassHealth – the state’s combined Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – is a cornerstone of the Massachusetts health coverage system, providing coverage of medical, behavioral health and community-based services for 1.8 million low-income Massachusetts residents. MassHealth enrollees are often characterized by a narrow set of baseline statistics; however, MassHealth enrollees represent a diverse range of life experiences and health care needs. Read more »

Patient Activation = Better Care Experiences

Health care providers, take note: a new study published in Health Affairs reports that patients who are “activated” recount greater satisfaction in their healthcare encounters. Patient activation refers to how empowered a patient feels in managing his or her own health. The article, “When Seeing the Same Physician, Highly Activated Patients Have Better Care Experiences than Less Activated Patients,” details how patient activation promotes heightened patient satisfaction. Previously, some theorized that improvements in patient experience arise because activated patients are more adept at... Read more »
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