Health Care

For Mass., high stakes in health debate

Efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act gained some momentum this week as Republicans put forward legislation that would put the brakes on federal health care spending in a way that would disproportionately impact blue states such as Massachusetts, New York, and California. The legislation, filed by Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill(...)

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Baker’s health care advice to Congress

Baker’s health care advice to Congress

Governor backs bipartisanship, cost sharing, insurance mandate

The following is a transcript of Gov. Charlie Baker’s prepared testimony on Thursday before the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY to provide testimony before the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on Stabilizing Premiums and Helping Individuals in the Individual Insurance Market. Thank you for your willingness(...)

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Biking for cancer research is uphill climb

Biking for cancer research is uphill climb

Shouldn't we also focus on stopping carcinogens at the source

I RODE FOR THE FIRST TIME in the Pan Mass Challenge fundraiser for cancer research this year.  The weather was perfect, and it was a glorious experience.  Thousands lined the roads to cheer and thank us.  Many held signs indicating that they survived cancer, or held up photos of loved ones who did not. During(...)

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McCain goes maverick-y

In the end, John McCain, whose career has been marked by periods of both swashbuckling independence and fall-in-line toeing-the-Republican party line, chose the former for what may go down as his most memorable and final big moment in the US Senate. In the wee hours of the morning, the Arizona Republican cast the decisive vote(...)

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Lawmakers reject Baker’s MassHealth cuts

Lawmakers reject Baker’s MassHealth cuts

Legislature says it will come up with a Medicaid savings plan

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE HOUSE AND SENATE DEMOCRATS, insisting they needed more time to consider strategies to control cost growth in MassHealth and the broader health care system, turned aside Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposed Medicaid reforms on Wednesday as they worked to return to him a $200 million assessment on employers needed to balance the(...)

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Baker facing resistance to MassHealth cuts

In Washington, the fight over the nation’s health care future is full of drama. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who is dealing with brain cancer, vowed to return to Capitol Hill today to vote on whether to begin debate on repealing the Affordable Care Act. And President Trump is making it very clear where he(...)

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Time to get MassHealth house in order

Time to get MassHealth house in order

Business leaders says improper incentives, guardrails must end

ELEVEN YEARS AGO, Chapter 58—also known as RomneyCare—was signed into law.  The landmark law was passed on the premise that there was a shared responsibility among all of us to be insured, offer affordable coverage, control costs, and to eliminate free riders in the system.  It was also passed with the promise that the Commonwealth will make it(...)

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Defending MassHealth reforms

Defending MassHealth reforms

Package preserves, doesn't walk away from, universal health care

MASSACHUSETTS HAS A LONG TRADITION of bipartisan health care reform.  Our outside-of-the-box thinking, willingness to be nimble as Washington dynamics shift, and resolve to embrace change are critical components in honoring our collective commitment to near universal health care coverage. Since passage of our state health care reform in 2006 and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Massachusetts has achieved the highest rate of health care(...)

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