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Newsroom - October 2016

The impact of Obamacare, in four maps

New York Times, October 31, 2016
Three years into the Affordable Care Act, there remain places where many people still lack health insurance. But their share keeps shrinking. Read more »

Health Connector employees stop in Fall River to talk open enrollment

Boston Herald, October 25, 2016
FALL RIVER - The Massachusetts Health Connector got creative for the start of open enrollment to the state’s health insurance programs this year, and visited community coffee shops throughout the commonwealth to get the word out. The state's "Hidden Gems" tour included a stop at Europa pastries and coffee shop on Columbia Street on Tuesday afternoon, where officials sipped lattes and nibbled Portuguese pastries and soup. Read more »

The 2016 Outstanding Women in Business (featuring EMKCHC's CEO Toni McGuire)

Women's Business Journal, October 24, 2016
A record 47 women were nominated and considered to be the six honorees for this year's Outstanding Women in Business. The vote was very close, too, as 12 different women were within one point from the combined judges' scores of being in one of those select six positions. Read more »

LGBT health research, once seen as 'disposable,' gets a boost at NIH

Boston Globe STAT, October 19, 2016
It wasn't too long ago that including "LGBT" in a health research funding proposal could get it thrown out, said LGBT health researcher Kellan Baker. "LGBT health has traditionally been treated as disposable," said Baker, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. But a recent announcement from an institute within the National Institutes of Health shows a shift in that attitude, and lends federal recognition to the health challenges faced by those who identify as lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, or otherwise outside of traditional gender norms. Read more »

Clinic offers caring for Boston's homeless women

Boston Herald, October 17, 2016
At 7:30 one recent morning, an hour before her clinic at St. Anthony Shrine opened, Andrea Caputo went looking for one of her patients on the streets of Boston. Read more »

Opioid epidemic's newest killer is 10,000 times stronger than morphine

Boston Globe, October 17, 2016
An extremely powerful drug used as an elephant tranquilizer has quickly become a new killer in the nation’s opioid epidemic, and New England authorities and health workers are bracing for its arrival. The drug, carfentanil, is a synthetic opioid that is 10,000 times stronger than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl, another deadly synthetic opioid. The emergence of a new, even more powerful drug would present a fresh challenge to local officials already battling a raging crisis. Read more »

Boston Medical Center launches opioid urgent care center

Boston Magazine, October 17, 2016
Boston Medical Center (BMC) is fighting the opioid epidemic head-on, with a new opioid urgent care center that aims to give patients faster access to substance abuse treatment. The new center, called Faster Paths to Treatment, is run in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), and is funded by a four-year, $2.9 million grant from the DPH. It’s housed in BMC’s Yawkey Ambulatory Care Center, and will use inpatient and outpatient services to help individuals with detoxification and follow-up care. Read more »

Two-day hearing will address Massachusetts' high health care costs, October 17, 2016
Many of the most important people in Massachusetts' health care industry will convene for two days of hearings on Monday and Tuesday to discuss the state's high health care costs. Read more »

12-year-old helps save 4 women after Springfield overdose

Boston Globe, October 16, 2016
Four women in Springfield overdosed on heroin early Sunday morning after snorting lines of what they believed to be cocaine from a folded dollar bill, a police official said. A 12-year-old daughter of one of the women called 911 for medical aid at 12:24 a.m. Sunday, Springfield police Sergeant John Delaney wrote in an e-mail. Read more »

GE puts philanthropic muscle into opioid fight(features League)

Boston Globe, October 11, 2016
When General Electric Co. announced in January that it would move its global headquarters to Boston, executives pledged that the company would make health care a top philanthropic priority. So, GE officials embarked on a statewide listening tour to discover the greatest need. Time and again, clear and chilling, the answer was opioids. Read more »

Working in tobacco fields can make kids sick. But they still need the money.

The Washington Post, October 6, 2016
Every day except for Sunday, between 5 and 6 a.m., long passenger vans materialize on the rural roads and highways connecting Lenoir, Greene and Wayne counties in eastern North Carolina. The vans, Our Lady of Guadalupe pendants hanging from rearview mirrors, circle through suburban neighborhoods and mobile-home parks, stopping to pick up passengers along the way: men, women and teenagers looking to make quick, flexible money with few questions asked. Read more »

In Medicaid expansion states, uninsured adults' share of physician and ED visits has declined

Health Affairs Blog, October 5, 2016
There is growing evidence that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has helped to reduce the number of uninsured adults, particularly in States that implemented the ACA's Medicaid expansions. Research has also begun to show how the ACA's changes in coverage are altering the way U.S. health care is financed. Read more »