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The Desperate and the Dead | Part 1-7

Boston Globe Spotlight Series, January 1, 2017
At least 17 parents with signs of mental illness allegedly killed their children from 2005 through 2015. And at least 18 sons and daughters with signs of mental illness were accused of killing their parents. But the toll of violence reaches far beyond family. From 2005 through 2015, 116 people in Massachusetts were accused of killing 139 victims. By almost any measure, Massachusetts has lost the leadership role it once had in mental health care. Read more »

Lend a voice to afforadable community healthcare (features Lowell CHC CEO Susan West Levine)

Lowell Sun, January 31, 2017
"Lend your voice, because what each of you does and says is really important." Read more »

Lahey Health, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in merger talks

Healthcare informatics, January 31, 2017
The boards of directors of Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Burlington-based Lahey Health announced they have signed a letter of intent to explore creating a combined system to serve communities in Eastern Massachusetts. Read more »

Ensuring an ongoing return on health care investment

Roll Call, By Tom Daschle and Mike Leavitt, January 30, 2017
There has been much discussion about what an Affordable Care Act replacement plan will include, and how it will influence the shape and focus of our health care system. As our friends and colleagues in Congress begin collaboratively looking for the best health care solutions for the American people, they should consider a health care network that works - community health centers. Read more »

Repealing the ACA could worsen the opioid epidemic

Health Affairs Blog, January 30, 2017
As our country grapples with an "unprecedented opioid epidemic," Congress is taking steps to take away an important tool to fight it- the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The annual cost of the epidemic is estimated to be $78.5 billion. In 2014, there were more deaths from opioid and other drug overdose than any other year; 60.9 percent of those overdoses involved an opioid. Every day, an average of 78 Americans die from opioid abuse. The coverage expansions and protections under the ACA can help lessen the epidemic and save lives. Read more »

Beth Israel, Lahey health systems agree to pursue merger

Boston Globe, January 30, 2017
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health said Monday that they plan to merge, moving forward after years of on-again, off-again talks with a deal they hope could better match the market clout of Partners HealthCare. Read more »

Last chance to enroll in health insurance through Massachusetts Health Connector

masslive.com, January 29, 2017
SPRINGFIELD -- There are just two days left for people interested in obtaining or making changes to their health insurance plans through the state, and Caring Health Center staff in Springfield want to make sure everyone is covered. Read more »

Despite funding threats, health centers continue expansions

Cape Cod Times, January 29, 2017
Uncertainty about the fate of the Affordable Care Act isn't stopping community health centers that depend on federal funding from plans to expand capacity or services. Read more »

U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III visits Great Brook Valley health center

Worcester Telgram, January 27, 2017
WORCESTER - With a significant amount of its future funding uncertain, U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III visited his granduncle's namesake community health center Friday to gather stories and pleas for help from the front lines of health care in Worcester. Read more »

Massachusetts Governor to pitch health-insurance penalty for employers

Wall Street Journal, January 25, 2017
BOSTON - The first state in the nation to require residents to carry health insurance is grappling with escalating Medicaid rolls, but a fix floated by Massachusetts' Republican governor is drawing pushback from employers. Read more »

A Kennedy to talk health care in Gloucester on Friday

Gloucester Times, January 25, 2017
A Massachusetts congressman is coming to Gloucester on Friday - and it's not local 6th District U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton. U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, who represents the state's 4th Congressional District, is a member of a committee that shares jurisdiction over health care reform. It is in that role that he'll be visiting the Gloucester Family Heath Center at 302 Washington St. on Friday as part of a tour of community health centers across the commonwealth. Read more »

Mass. public campuses see more hungry and homeless students

WBUR, January 24, 2017
Hunger and homelessness are rising at more than a third of Massachusetts public colleges and universities, according to a report presented to the state higher education board Tuesday. Read more »

Trump's Health Plan would convert Medicaid to Block Grants, aide says

New York Times, January 22, 2017
WASHINGTON — President Trump's plan to replace the Affordable Care Act will propose giving each state a fixed amount of federal money in the form of a block grant to provide health care to low-income people on Medicaid, a top adviser to Mr. Trump said in an interview broadcast on Sunday. Read more »

The G.O.P.'s health care death spiral

New York Times Op-Ed, January 17, 2017
Last week, President-elect Donald J. Trump called Obamacare "a complete and total disaster," and pushed for a swift repeal of the Affordable Care Act and a replacement within weeks. But at the moment, there is no workable replacement. So what happens to the individual insurance market — whose problems did not start with the Affordable Care Act and will not be easily solved — when it is destabilized so dramatically? Read more »

At Middlesex jail, a sheriff's program worth praising

Boston Globe, January 14, 2017
A couple weeks ago, the sheriff of Bristol County got a lot of attention when he offered to send some of the inmates in his care to help build a wall along the Mexican border. The idea was preposterous, impractical, and highly politicized, so of course it got a lot of publicity, generating all sorts of heat and very little light. Read more »

The reality of repealing the Affordable Care Act

Boston Globe Op-Ed by Sylvia Burwell, January 9, 2017
This week, Congress aims to take steps toward repealing the Affordable Care Act without proposing a replacement. If Congress and the new administration take that path, it will have enormous consequences for the future of health care in America — and for Americans like Elizabeth Hand, a writer and mom of two children in rural Maine. Elizabeth says the Affordable Care Act saved her about $4,000 in her first year of coverage — and possibly her life. Read more »

Massachusetts' low jobless rate comes with caveat

Portland Press Herald, January 7, 2017
BOSTON - Few would suggest that Massachusetts' unemployment rate dropping below 3 percent, as it did in November for the first time in more than 15 years, is a bad thinG. Read more »

The Vertical Farm

The New Yorker, January 7, 2017
No. 212 Rome Street, in Newark, New Jersey, used to be the address of Grammer, Dempsey & Hudson, a steel-supply company. It was like a lumberyard for steel, which it bought in bulk from distant mills and distributed in smaller amounts, mostly to customers within a hundred-mile radius of Newark. Read more »

The GOP's health care follies

Boston Globe Editorial, January 6, 2017
After years of pointless votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act, congressional Republicans will soon have an opportunity to do so for real — with a strong likelihood that incoming president Donald Trump will affix his signature to their effort. What the GOP doesn’t have, however, is a credible alternative plan. During the campaign, candidate Trump promised that he would replace Obamacare with something much better and much less expensive, but which covers everyone. Read more »

In a Byzantine health system, navigators help at-risk patients find their way

statnews.com, January 4, 2017
CHELSEA, Mass. - Ms. P needed a colonoscopy. She’d been losing weight and had noticed blood in her stool; both are red flags for colon cancer. Yet after her doctor delivered that news, she didn’t book the procedure for weeks. Read more »

Obamacare sign-Ups reach 8.8 nillion as repeal efforts start

Bloomberg, January 4, 2017
Obamacare sign-ups for 2017 coverage rose about 2.3 percent from the same time last year, as efforts to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care reform begin in Congress. Read more »

Community Health Center adds two new board members

Cape Cod Today, January 3, 2017
Community Health Center of Cape Cod is excited to welcome two new members to their Board of Directors: Otis M. Porter and Robert C. Anderson Read more »

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