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Nonprofit grocery store set to open in Dorchester

Boston Globe, May 22, 2015
Daily Table on Washington Street in Dorchester looks like a boutique supermarket. Carrots and squash fill wood crates, precooked bean soups and pastas line refrigerator cases, and a 7-foot window displays a bustling kitchen where chefs chop vegetables and cook chili. Read more »

State Senate passes $38.1 billion budget

Boston Globe, May 22, 2015
The Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed a $38.1 billion budget early Friday that one lawmaker said will "lift all families and invest in our future." In its broadest sweep, the Senate budget matched the contours of the spending plans passed by the House last month and proposed by Governor Charlie Baker in March, though there are differences in emphasis. Read more »

Greater Worcester Community Foundation surprises Frances Anthes with Renaissance Award

Worcester Telegram & Gazette, May 21, 2015
WORCESTER - Frances M. Anthes, president and chief executive officer of Family Health Center of Worcester, received the 11th annual Renaissance Award at the annual meeting of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation at Mechanics Hall on Wednesday. Read more »

Health care of the future: House calls?

Rhode Island Public Radio, May 21, 2015
Patient-centered medical homes. Community health teams. Accountable care organizations. Integrated medical and behavioral health care practices. Case management. Jargon? Yes, it's health policy wonk speak, for sure. But what these concepts have in common is simple: they all refer to a kind of health care that's about reconnecting patients with a primary care doctor. Read more »

'Horrible' food stamp program leaves thousands cut off

Boston Globe, May 21, 2015
The Baker administration said it will have to spend millions of dollars to repair a food stamp computer system that has continued to unfairly deny thousands of elderly, disabled, and working poor their food stamp benefits - a situation officials called horrible. Read more »

New Office Of Recovery Services to tackle opioid addiction

WBUR, May 21, 2015
The death toll from opiate overdoses continues to rise across the state. Wednesday, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh named the first director of his newly-created Office of Recovery Services, an office that was a cornerstone of his mayoral campaign. Jennifer Tracey, currently with the state’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, will helm the city’s plan to fight the crisis. Some of the major issues she’ll need to address were outlined in a road map the mayor presented. Read more »

Mass. jobless rate falls to 7-year low

Boston Globe, May 21, 2015
The Massachusetts economy added jobs for the eighth consecutive month, dropping the state unemployment rate to its lowest level since the earliest days of the recession. The state's Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported Thursday that unemployment in Massachusetts fell to 4.7 percent in April, from 4.8 percent in March. The US unemployment rate was 5.4 percent in April. Read more »

Mass. Senate's budget brings relief for working poor into sight

Boston Globe editorial, May 20, 2015
The state Senate rose to the occasion on Tuesday, unveiling a thoughtful response to Governor Baker's budget. In its plan, the Senate’s Democratic leadership preserved one of the Republican governor’s most important proposals, a boost in the earned income tax credit for the working poor, while offering a credible alternative funding mechanism. The plan has ruffled feathers on Beacon Hill because the Senate isn’t supposed to propose tax-law changes; it’s only by exploiting a loophole that the Senate was able to do so. But the chamber and Senate President Stan Rosenberg deserve credit for taking up the governor's challenge to help the working poor in a financially responsible way. Read more »

Baker shocked that more doctors aren't warning of opioids

Boston Globe, May 19, 2015
Governor Charlie Baker said Tuesday he is shocked that few Massachusetts patients have been warned by their physicians about the addictive dangers of prescription painkillers, a finding contained in a poll released this week by the Globe and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Read more »

MassHealth on massive hunt to verify eligibility

Boston Globe, May 18, 2015
Locate 1.2 million people. Find even the thousands of them who don't speak English or don't have a place to live. Get them to fill out a 26-page application. Process those forms. And get it done by the end of the year. Read more »

Health in action at expanded Bowdoin Street Health Center

Boston Globe, May 13, 2015
When Beatrice John Lewis returned to Dorchester more than a year ago, she was feeling pretty low. She had to give up the Brockton house where she had lived for five years with her husband before his death. And getting around had become increasingly difficult for the 73-year-old diabetic. Pain beset her foot and waist. Read more »

Stewards Carney Hospital has a new president

Boston Globe, May 12, 2015
Health care executive Walter J. Ramos has been named the president of Dorchester's Carney Hospital. Read more »

HHS announces $101 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 164 new community health centers

HRSA Newsroom, May 5, 2015
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today approximately $101 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 164 new health center sites in 33 states and two U.S. Territories for the delivery of comprehensive primary health care services in communities that need them most. These new health centers are projected to increase access to health care services for nearly 650,000 patients. Read more »

How best to care for LGBT patients? New medical guide reflects change

WBUR's CommonHealth, May 4, 2015
In 2007, only one state - Massachusetts - recognized the marriages of same-sex couples. Today, 37 do, and based on the outcome of a pending U.S. Supreme Court case, marriage equality may be extend to all 50 states by June. Read more »

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