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Uncertainty looms for patients at community clinics ahead of proposed health care changes

CBS News, March 22, 2017
Community health centers served more than 24 million people in 2015, which means nearly 1 in 12 U.S. residents received their health care at a community clinic. With expected changes to Obamacare coming, these centers -- and their patients -- now face uncertainty. Read more »

Could Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric hurt the Census?

Boston Globe, March 22, 2017
President Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric is raising alarms among state officials and immigrant advocates who fear it will create such havoc with the 2020 US Census that Massachusetts could risk a congressional seat and significant federal aid. Read more »

GOP health plan would cost Mass. $2 billion, Baker says

Boston Globe, March 21, 2017
Governor Charlie Baker warned Tuesday that the GOP plan to repeal the federal health care law could put a half-million Massachusetts residents at risk of losing coverage, blow a $2 billion hole in the state budget, and threaten the state’s first-in-the-nation commitment to universal health care coverage. Read more »

Read Baker’s letter to the Mass. delegation

Boston Globe, March 21, 2017
Governor Charlie Baker's letter to Mass. congressional delegation Read more »

Demand surges for clinicians serving transgender youth - and for earlier treatment

STAT, March 21, 2017
LOS ANGELES — Pediatrician Dr. Johanna Olson-Kennedy uses a stethoscope and otoscope, of course. But running a clinic for transgender youth means her pediatric medical supplies also include a selection of silicone penises and chest-flattening binders. Read more »

Worcester doctor named community clinician of the year

Go Local Worcester, March 16, 2017
Family Health Center of Worcester physician Sara Shields, M.D. has been honored by the Worcester District Medical Society as the 2017 Community Clinician of the Year. She will receive the award at the district’s annual meeting on April 12 at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester. Read more »

Community health center hires two more providers

Cape Cod Times, March 16, 2017
Community Health Center of Cape Cod is happy to announce the hire of two providers: Rick Renner, PA-C and Maryanne Bombaugh, MD, MBA, MSc, CPE. Read more »

State's health policy group closing in on regulations

Worcester Telegram, March 16, 2017
BOSTON - An organization representing health care plans was alone in responding publicly Wednesday to proposed regulations governing how a state agency deals with health care providers and payers who are deemed to have "excessive" annual cost increases. Read more »

Commission recommends more state involvement in health insurance contracts with private hospitals

masslive.com, March 16, 2017
BOSTON -- A commission tasked with developing recommendations to address the cost disparities among health care providers released a 138-page report on Wednesday. The report recommended more state involvement in addressing health care pricing disparities and laid out specific factors that should and should not be included in insurance reimbursement rates. Read more »

Here's what Massachusetts officials had to say about the Republican health care plan's CBO report

Boston Globe, March 13, 2017
The Congressional Budget Office released their much-anticipated assessment of House Republicans’ health care overhaul bill Monday afternoon — to much fanfare from local Democrats. But it wasn’t because they support the bill. Read more »

Warren visits Manet health center in Quincy

Patriot Ledger, March 13, 2017
QUINCY - Sen. Elizabeth Warren stopped by the Manet Community Health Center Monday morning to hear about the efforts the center is taking to combat the opioid issues plaguing the South Shore. Read more »

Here's how Obamacare replacement would affect Massachusetts, according to Sen. Elizabeth Warren

masslive.com, March 13, 2017
Hundreds of thousands of people in Massachusetts would lose their health care coverage if the bill proposed as a replacement for Obamacare becomes law, Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Monday. Read more »

New study highlights disparities in health care experienced by transgender patients

The Rainbow Times, March 8, 2017
BOSTON—Massachusetts is known as a leader in providing health care for transgender people, but a recent study finds that inequities still exist. A report released by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, the charitable subdivision of the insurance carrier, recommends several key areas for improvement to ensure members of the transgender community have access to specialized services and a welcoming environment in health care settings. Read more »

How would the GOP health plan play out in Mass.?

Boston Globe, March 8, 2017
As Congress debates the Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act, Massachusetts is in a unique position. The state's landmark 2006 health care overhaul resulted in near-universal coverage long before the federal law was enacted — so, no matter what Congress passes, it is likely to play out differently here. Read more »

Understanding the proposal for replacing Obamacare

Boston Globe, March 7, 2017
On Monday night, House Republicans released their plan to repeal Obamacare and reshape the US health insurance system. The proposal reaches into virtually every corner of the health care marketplace, with tweaks and innovations likely to affect millions of Americans. Read more »

Boston to unveil transportation plan for future

Boston Globe, March 7, 2017
The future of transportation in Boston includes fewer cars on the road, heavy reliance on public transit, and lots of so-called microhubs, one-stop access points where commuters can share a bus, bike, or car. Those initiatives are detailed in a comprehensive plan that city officials will unveil Tuesday, a transportation blueprint for the next decade that puts heavy emphasis on a growing city population and the various ways residents get around. Read more »

Task force to end hunger identifies 3-point plan

Recorder, March 6, 2017
HATFIELD -As anti-hunger advocates outlined a three-point plan to "move the needle" toward ending hunger in western Massachusetts, two of the region's leading politicians in Congress vowed to fight to protect and expand food assistance programs. Read more »

Amid Obamacare repeal talk, Sen. Elizabeth Warren vows to protect Massachusetts community health centers

masslive.com, March 6, 2017
As Washington lawmakers continue to talk through the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, Sen. Elizabeth Warren is pledging to protect community health centers, saying they're one way to bring down health care costs. Read more »

Doctors from banned countries serve millions of Americans, analysis finds

Boston Globe, March 6, 2017
Immigrant doctors from the six Muslim-majority countries included in President Trump’s revised travel ban play a critical role in caring for Americans, especially in many of the Rust Belt and rural areas that voted heavily for the Republican, according to an analysis by graduate students in economics at Harvard University and MIT. Read more »

New Trump travel ban aims to withstand court challenge

Boston Globe, March 6, 2017
WASHINGTON — President Trump scaled back his executive order barring migrants from several predominantly Muslim countries Monday, in an attempt to insulate the controversial rules from a flurry of legal challenges and critics. Read more »

North Shore Medical Center to cut 200 jobs

Boston Globe, March 6, 2017
Partners HealthCare is planning to cut 200 jobs at its North Shore Medical Center, the latest step to address growing financial losses. Hospital officials said up to 5 percent of the workforce would be eliminated, including positions that are already vacant. North Shore Medical Center employs about 4,000 people between its two campuses in Salem and Lynn. Read more »

$25m gift to Boston Medical Center will help launch opioid center

Boston Globe, March 6, 2017
Boston Medical Center has received a $25 million gift, the largest in its history, and plans to use the money to fight what it calls the “heartbreaking” public health crisis caused by drug addiction and the opioid epidemic. Read more »

House GOP releases bill to dismantle Obamacare

Boston Globe, March 6, 2017
WASHINGTON — House Republicans on Monday released long-anticipated legislation to supplant the Affordable Care Act with a more conservative vision for the nation’s health system, replacing federal insurance subsidies with a new form of individual tax credits and grants to states. Read more »

EBNHC's Elder Service Plan becomes Neighborhood PACE

Winthrop Transcript, March 3, 2017
The East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC), which provides the residents of East Boston and surrounding communities with access to vital health care services, today announced that its Elder Service Plan is being renamed Neighborhood PACE, an abbreviation for Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. The name change comes as the program is in the midst of an expansion that will lead to the opening of a new center in Revere. Read more »

Food Bank of Western Mass. partners with Holyoke Health Center

masslive.com, March 3, 2017
HATFIELD -- The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts in 2016 provided 10 million pounds of food to 233,000 people in Hampden, Franklin, Hampshire and Berkshire counties. Read more »

GOP Governors Forming Plan to Keep Obama Medicaid Expansion

Bloomberg News, March 2, 2017
A group of Republican governors is preparing a compromise plan for their peers in Congress who want to roll back Obamacare's Medicaid benefits, asking them to preserve the law’s expansion of coverage to millions of poor people. Read more »

How Walsh's opioid outreach program is working, 6 months in

WBUR, March 1, 2017
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh walked through a city neighborhood this week that's been the subject of a series of meetings because of the overt signs of social problems there. Read more »

The future of health care is outside the doctor's office

Governing Magazine, March 1, 2017
Eastern Kentucky, with its small communities nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, is well known as one of the poorest pockets of the country. What’s sometimes forgotten, though, is how the region’s economic decline has gone hand-in-hand with a long history of poor health. Read more »

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