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HUD videos feature 2 local projects in Quincy (features Manet CHC)

Boston Globe, August 21, 2014
Former Quincy ward councilor Leo Kelly is featured in a video at Manet Community Health Center talking openly about cancer treatments in his lungs and throat, and then pointing to spots around his nose and forehead revealing there is skin cancer there. The glint in his eyes and amazement in his voice seem to belie the subject matter, until Kelly reveals he is to have state-of-the-art skin cancer treatment at the Manet health center in his home neighborhood of Houghs Neck. Read more »

Community health centers are engines for a healthier Mass.

Taunton Gazette (Opinion Editorial by EOHHS Secretary John Polanowicz), August 21, 2014
Health care leadership is intrinsic to Massachusetts. We believe that ensuring access to affordable, quality health care that meets the diverse needs of local communities across the commonwealth is critical to our future. After all, Massachusetts was the site of the nation’s first community health center, which opened its doors in Boston in 1965, paving the way for the over 1,200 health centers across the country today.That’s why it has been so gratifying to see the work health centers are doing as I traveled across the commonwealth last week to celebrate Community Health Center Week. Read more »

Medicaid insurers prodding Mass. on funds

Boston Globe, August 20, 2014
Buckling from more than $140 million in losses since the start of the year, companies that insure Medicaid patients are pressing the Patrick administration to increase payments they receive from the state for serving low-income residents. The health insurers say the deficits are the result of an expensive new hepatitis C drug and a surge of nearly 190,000 new members — many with serious medical issues — assigned to the companies by MassHealth, the state Medicaid program. Read more »

400,000 must reapply for Mass. health coverage

Boston Globe, August 15, 2014
BOSTON (AP) - The state is launching a major effort to reach out to almost 400,000 Massachusetts residents who must reapply for health insurance because they were enrolled in temporary plans after the state's health care marketplace website crashed last year. Read more »

Mass. seeks $80m more from feds For health website

WBUR's CommonHealth, August 14, 2014
BOSTON — Massachusetts will ask the federal government for another $80 million to build a new health insurance shopping website tied to the Affordable Care Act. Read more »

Mass. puts hold on Brookline, Northampton marijuana dispensaries

Boston Globe, August 14, 2014
A company's bid for two medical marijuana dispensary licenses has been put on hold after the state discovered the company’s director lied on the application, The Boston Globe reports. Read more »

Poverty persists in N.E. suburbs

Boston Globe, August 13, 2014
New England's suburbs, often viewed as bastions of sprinkler-fed lawns and roomy SUVs, are also communities of hidden poverty, where one in four families relies on food stamps to stock cupboards with groceries and put food on the table, according to a report to be released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Wednesday. Nearly 2 million people who live in communities surrounding the region's major cities have low or barely moderate incomes, struggling with the same problems as the urban poor, but without the same services, support, and safety nets, Boston Fed researchers found. That number includes about 1 million - 80,000 of them children under age 5 - in Eastern Massachusetts. Read more »

Secretary Polanowicz visits Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center

Worcester News Tonight, August 12, 2014
As part of a week-long tour of Massachusetts health centers marking National Health Center Week, Executive Office of Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz visits Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center in Worcester. Read more »

Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near

Boston Globe, August 12, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of people who signed up under the new health care law risk losing their taxpayer-subsidized insurance unless they act quickly to resolve questions about their citizenship or immigration status. The government warned on Tuesday that they have just over three weeks to show that they're eligible. Read more »

Mass. HHS Secretary Polanowicz visits Fenway Health as part of National Health Center Week

Fenway Focus, August 11, 2014
Massachusetts Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary John Polanowicz visited Fenway Health’s 1340 Boylston Street location on Monday, August 11 as part of a tour of four community health centers in the Boston-area to kick off National Health Center Week, celebrating the role of community health centers in ensuring access to affordable, quality health care that meets the diverse needs of local communities. Throughout the week, the Secretary and other members of the Patrick Administration will tour a total of seven centers across the Commonwealth. Read more »

Manet on the front lines of health care revolution

Patriot Ledger, August 11, 2014
QUINCY - America could be embarking on the golden age of the community health center and there's no better example of that than the Manet Community Health Center. In the past year alone, Manet, the Quincy-based non-profit that caters to patients with limited access to health care, has opened a sixth medical facility in Taunton, opened new administrative offices in Milton, started a major expansion of its North Quincy branch and was given the highest-possible designation by a national health plan accreditor. Read more »

Mass. pledges new state-run insurance website will work

WBUR's CommonHealth, August 8, 2014
The decision is in: Massachusetts will go with a new state-run health insurance website. Read more »

Permits, inspections and now, your health: Easthampton Health Department grows services to include promoting healthier lifestyle

Gazette, August 8, 2014
EASTHAMPTON - The city's health department is branching out from its usual business issuing permits and doing inspections this year to focus on a new initiative promoting healthier lifestyles for residents. Read more »

Mass. Connector won't adopt troubled federal health website

Boston Globe, August 8, 2014
Massachusetts has decided to revamp its beleaguered health website as opposed to joining the widely scrutinized federal health insurance website, according to multiple reports. Read more »

Mass. will not host unaccompanied migrant minors after all

Boston Globe, August 5, 2014
Massachusetts will not need to open shelters for unaccompanied minors who were caught at the Southern border, federal officials said Tuesday afternoon. Read more »

Glance: Percentage of uninsured in 2013, 2014

Boston Globe, August 5, 2014
A look at the percentage of people without health insurance in each state in 2013 and midyear 2014: Read more »

Governor reviewing Mass. bill that would expand autism supports

WBUR's CommonHealth, August 4, 2014
Many parents of children on the autism spectrum are celebrating passage of a bill that is among dozens already on Gov. Deval Patrick’s desk. Read more »