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President Obama announces executive action on immigration reform

Boston Globe, November 21, 2014
President Barack Obama laid out his plan to overhaul the US immigration system in a Thursday night speech that will test the extent of his ability to use executive action. Read more »

Baker poised to name health and human services chief

Boston Globe, November 21, 2014
Governor-elect Charlie Baker is poised to name a veteran mental health administrator and child protection advocate to lead the state's sprawling health and human services secretariat, according to people familiar with the decision. Marylou Sudders, commissioner of the state Department of Mental Health from 1996 to 2003 before taking over as president of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, could be announced as Baker’s chief health aide as soon as Friday, those people said. Read more »

State rolls out campaign to reintroduce the Connector

Boston Globe, November 14, 2014
A crucial test for the Patrick administration starts Saturday, when the newly rebuilt website for the Massachusetts Health Connector opens its virtual doors to tens of thousands of people seeking health insurance. How well the software performs will determine whether Massachusetts residents have easy access to coverage, whether taxpayers get their money’s worth from $254 million in technology costs, and whether departing Governor Deval Patrick achieves redemption from one of the starkest embarrassments of his tenure. Read more »

The members of Baker's transition team

Boston Globe, November 14, 2014
Governor-elect Charlie Baker's transition team will be chaired by Lieutenant Governor-elect Karyn Polito. The other members were announced Thursday. Read more »

Ensuring our health reform leadership for years to come: Guest viewpoint (editoral by John Polanowicz featuring the Mass League)

The Republican, November 13, 2014
Massachusetts has a long history as a leader in health care innovation. From building the country's first community health center, to providing universal health care access, we have been leading the way for decades to help our people and communities stay healthy. Read more »

Passionate crowd urges Boston to do more for homeless

Boston Globe, November 13, 2014
A passionate, spillover crowd of more than 300 homeless people and their supporters packed a public meeting on Wednesday in the South End to demand better options for those displaced last month from the Long Island shelter. Read more »

Black, Latino males lag in Boston schools

Boston Globe, November 13, 2014
Black and Latino males are facing an educational crisis in Boston, lagging substantially behind their peers on the MCAS, high school graduation rates, and other barometers that lower their prospects for college or workforce success, according to a city-commissioned report being released Thursday. Read more »

Warren reportedly in line for Senate leadership post

Boston Globe, November 13, 2014
WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is in discussions with Senator Elizabeth Warren about offering her a newly created leadership position, a move that would significantly raise the profile of the Massachusetts Democrat just two years after her election. Read more »

Hold off on Partners ruling

Boston Globe, November 12, 2014
Where's the harm in waiting until January? During this week’s hearing on the Partners HealthCare antitrust settlement, Superior Court Judge Janet L. Sanders raised the prospect of holding off on a ruling until a new governor and attorney general take office. Read more »

Health corps gives students hands-on work experience

Baystate Banner, November 6, 2014
A first job can be much more than a paycheck - it can shape the course of the rest of one's career. Ensuring that young people have a meaningful first professional work experience is important. Read more »

Steward to shut down Quincy Medical Center

Boston Globe, November 6, 2014
Steward Health Care System is notifying the 680 employees of Quincy Medical Center that it plans to shut down the unprofitable 196-bed hospital on Dec. 31, in what would be the largest Massachusetts hospital closure in more than a decade. Read more »

A Q&A with Neighborhood Health's soon-to-retire CEO Deborah Enos

Boston Business Journal, November 5, 2014
Deborah Enos announced Wednesday that she will be leaving Neighborhood Health Plan after nine years as the company's CEO. Read more »

Republicans devise strategy on Obamacare

Boston Globe, November 5, 2014
WASHINGTON - The newly installed Republican majority has no intention of stopping its battle against President Obama's health care law. But recognizing that any attempts to repeal "Obamacare" will end in a veto, the party is devising a strategy that relies on ripping out key parts. Read more »

Charlie Baker victorious as Martha Coakley concedes in governor's race

Boston Globe, November 5, 2014
Republican Governor-elect Charlie Baker said Wednesday that he wanted to get started with the hard work of building "a great administration," after Democrat Martha Coakley's concession ended the suspense of a race that was one of the closest in recent state history. Read more »