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Monthly Archives: June 2011

Moving health care cost containment forward: public hearings begin today Posted on Jun 27

Moving health care cost containment forward: public hearings begin today

By Dr. JudyAnn Bigby The urgent need to change the way we pay for health care is a challenge facing all residents of the Commonwealth. Today, residents are paying more out of pocket while their benefits are decreasing.  The most detrimental consequence of this rising   …Continue Reading Moving health care cost containment forward: public hearings begin today

Public education helps provide ‘saving grace’ for refugees seeking a new life Posted on Jun 23

By Melixza Gonzalez Today, the Massachusetts Mutual Assistance Association (MAA) Coalition, a statewide network of ethnic refugee organizations, along with the Office for Refugees and Immigrants and several voluntary resettlement agencies, will host a World Refugee Day event at the State House, in the Great   …Continue Reading Public education helps provide ‘saving grace’ for refugees seeking a new life

A MassHealth milestone: Integrating care for residents who are eligible for Medicaid and Medicare Posted on Jun 21

By Robin Callahan MassHealth celebrated an important achievement in April: the agency’s application was accepted for a $1 million design contract with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Innovation Center) and the Federal Coordinated Health Care Office (FCHCO). As a result, MassHealth will submit   …Continue Reading A MassHealth milestone: Integrating care for residents who are eligible for Medicaid and Medicare

The influence of a father’s love Posted on Jun 17

The influence of a father’s love

By Department of Children and Families Commissioner Angelo McClain When it comes to openly loving and caring for their children, fathers are no longer the helpless and hopelessly befuddled fathers of the old days.  When we consider that the role of fathers during the last   …Continue Reading The influence of a father’s love

A plan from the National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council to keep Americans healthy at every stage of life Posted on Jun 17

A plan from the National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council to keep Americans healthy at every stage of life

By Dr. JudyAnn Bigby Prevention consistently comes up as an important strategy to contain the growth in the health care costs, but most observe that the United States invests too little in prevention. About 5% of the U.S. healthcare budget is spent on prevention. We   …Continue Reading A plan from the National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council to keep Americans healthy at every stage of life

Communities across the Commonwealth answer the call to help victims of tornadoes Posted on Jun 13

Communities across the Commonwealth answer the call to help victims of tornadoes

By Dr. JudyAnn Bigby On June 1, Massachusetts experienced an extraordinary event that left some people in the Commonwealth in tragic situations.  The tornadoes that ripped through Western and Central Massachusetts left some families facing the deaths of loved ones, hundreds of people homeless, and   …Continue Reading Communities across the Commonwealth answer the call to help victims of tornadoes

A skilled best friend: special training for guide dogs begins in foster care Posted on Jun 9

A skilled best friend: special training for guide dogs begins in foster care

   By MCB Commissioner Janet LaBreck During the past two years, a very special member of my family has been essential to the day-to-day work of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) and to the many facets of my life: my guide dog, Osbourne.   …Continue Reading A skilled best friend: special training for guide dogs begins in foster care

Executive Office of Elder Affairs teams up with HHS Regional Director to explain the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to Commonwealth seniors Posted on Jun 3

Executive Office of Elder Affairs teams up with HHS Regional Director to explain the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to Commonwealth seniors

By Secretary of Elder Affairs Ann L. Hartstein Over the last five months, I’ve been traveling the Commonwealth with Christie Hager, regional director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help explain how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – known to   …Continue Reading Executive Office of Elder Affairs teams up with HHS Regional Director to explain the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to Commonwealth seniors