Browsing All Posts filed under »Health Reform«

Mayor’s Health Line Reaches Out to Help Enroll Families Into Healthcare Coverage

January 25, 2012


  To increase their capacity to reach uninsured individuals, many states utilize out-stationed eligibility workers to help enroll individuals into Medicaid. “Out-stationed” at community-based organizations (e.g. health centers, clinics, hospitals, schools, community centers), these workers enable individuals to apply for public assistance benefits at locations other than the typical Medicaid or social services offices; optimally in locations […]


October 31, 2011


Today, President Obama is planning to sign an executive order directing the Food and Drug Administration to take action in reducing drug shortages.  The executive order is a political tool that allows President Obama to circumvent Congress for quick action.   Drug shortages have caused patient deaths and tend to affect cancer drugs, anesthetics, drugs used […]

Health Care Reform Affects Women’s Health

July 26, 2011


Reports say birth control, contraceptives, sterilization and reproductive education should be covered by health insurance plans with no cost to patients under the health care reform law. Although under some health insurance plans, birth control such as hormone pills and implantable devices are partially covered, it still requires patients to contribute financially. This action can […]

Study Finds Benefits in Expanding Public Health Coverage

July 8, 2011


In 2014, the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act will allow for additional health coverage for low-income adults.  Thousands of adults in all fifty states will have access to significant health services that can work to cure, treat, and prevent a variety of medical ailments. The benefits of more people having access to affordable health care […]

Are You Up To Date With Your Vaccinations?

June 27, 2011


How many of you are up to date with your vaccinations? As an adult it is easy to miss vaccinations; whereas schools’ vaccine requirements keep children up to date with their shots.  What stops adults? We forget, don’t know what vaccines we need, or cannot afford to get all necessary vaccines. Starting this year, insurers […]

Man Puts Himself in Jail to Get Medical Care

June 21, 2011


The rising costs of medical services have left many unable to pay for treatment. As a result, people can sometimes go to desperate measures to receive health care. James Richard Verone did just that. In order to receive free medical care; he robbed a bank and went to jail. Verone had been in and out […]

Are you taking your medicine correctly?

June 2, 2011


One of the biggest mistakes patients make is leaving the doctor’s office with questions left unanswered. In order to take an active role in your health, it is important that you understand all the instructions your doctor gives you. This is especially important when it regards your medication. If not taken correctly, your medication may […]

The Mayor’s Health Line Celebrates 25 years of Service

June 1, 2011


The Mayor’s Health Line, a program of the Boston Public Health Commission, is pleased to announce their 25th Anniversary this season; reaching a milestone as the oldest continually operating information and referral line in the state. This marks years of contributions to the residents of Boston and the vulnerable populations the program serves. Founded in […]

Mayor’s Health Line Accepts Statewide Challenge to Insure All MA Children

May 25, 2011


During the month of May, the Mayor’s Health Line (MHL) stepped up to accept a statewide challenge – sponsored by Health Care For All’s “got coverage? Health Coverage for Kids and Teens” campaign –which aims to enroll 500 children in health care coverage by the end of the month. While Massachusetts has the highest coverage […]

Noteworthy News of the Week

May 20, 2011


Budget plan will not restore immigrants’ health care May 19 2011, Chelsea Conaboy, Boston Globe The Senate budget plan released yesterday does not include money for expanding health insurance coverage for legal immigrants, and the chamber’s chief budget writer said lawmakers will not act to reinstate immigrants to a state health plan unless a court […]

MA Supreme Court Justice Ruling is a Step Forward for Legal Immigrants

May 9, 2011


In 2009, 40,000 legal immigrants in Massachusetts were barred from the State’s Commonwealth Care program. The Commonwealth Care program is important because it provides subsidies for low-income, uninsured Massachusetts residents to purchase health insurance. This change affected many vulnerable populations. As a result, 20,000 legal immigrants enrolled in the Commonwealth Care Bridge program. This program […]

Noteworthy News of the Week

April 22, 2011


1 in 4 report bullying at Mass. schools Apr 22 2011, Kay lazar, Boston Globe One-fourth of Massachusetts middle-schoolers and 16 percent of high school students report enduring bullying at school, according to a federal report released yesterday that puts the state at the center of the national discussion over the issue.   Hub set […]

Prescription Drugs and Needles..How to Dispose of the Problem

April 5, 2011


Save the Date: 6/11 & 6/24 are Safe Prescription Disposal Days in Boston Click here for more information This year two elementary school children in Lynn, MA found a hypodermic needle lying on the street on their way to school. Both were pricked as they pretended to give one another flu shots. Thankfully, medical attention […]

Noteworthy News of the Week

March 4, 2011


House Votes to Repeal 1099 Provision Mar 3 2011 By Emily P. MedPage Today In a bipartisan vote of 314-112, the House of Representatives on Thursday afternoon passed a bill that would eliminate a provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires all businesses and property owners to fill out a tax form known as […]

The Facts on Health Care Payment Reform

February 23, 2011


Last week Governor Deval Patrick introduced a new bill aimed at tackling the growing costs of health care. As of now, health care accounts for 40 percent of state spending. While other areas of the budget have been flat or declining, health care costs have increased at nearly 8 percent annually in the past three […]


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