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Clark gears up federal machinery on postpartum depression treatment

In June, the Baker administration mandated postpartum depression screening for MassHealth patients, making it one of only a handful of states that screen Medicaid recipients for the condition. But what the Commonwealth giveth, it can taketh away. Several weeks after Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito shocked community advocates and health care professionals with the MassHealth decision, Gov.(...)

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An Olympic accounting

  Thank God it’s over.That was the overwhelming sentiment among the area’s columnists and editorial pages. Boston Globe columnists Joan Vennochi, Dan Shaughnessy, Dante Ramos, John Powers, and Kevin Cullen all welcomed the end of Boston’s Olympic dreams. So did the Boston Herald’s editorial page and columnists Howie Carr and Steve Buckley, as well as Boston magazine’s Kyle(...)

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With tax holiday, sound thinking takes a vacation

Beacon Hill’s top legislative leaders are potent politicians with an ability to shape the direction of state policy or law with a nod of the head. Except when they’re completely powerless to change something, even when they think it’s wrong. That’s how the state’s top politicos come off in the debate over a sales tax(...)

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Dig safe: Chatham, Plum Island, and environmental laws

Yet another case is showing that there is little tolerance on Cape Cod for those who skirt environmental regulations. The question is whether the hard line taken there by local and state officials will make its way north to Plum Island, where enforcement of environmental laws has been notably more lax. Attorney General Maura Healey(...)

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Partners: We’re No. 1

Partners HealthCare has been taking a lot of hits from state policymakers and business rivals, but the hospital network is receiving accolades elsewhere. US News & World Report just released its annual honor roll of America’s best hospitals and two Partners institutions, Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s, ranked No. 1 and No. 6, respectively.(...)

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