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Newsroom - October 2017

The health care crisis no one is talking about

Boston Globe Op-Ed by US Senator Bernie Sanders, October 31, 2017
The United States faces a major crisis in primary health care, and unless Congress acts immediately it is likely to become much worse.Millions of Americans are at risk of losing their access to health care because Congress did not renew funding for the community health center program at the end of the fiscal year, Sept. 30. Unless we renew funding immediately, 70 percent of funding will be cut, the doors of 2,800 community health centers will close, and 9 million patients will lose access to quality health care. That is unacceptable. Read more »

State gets word out on health-care sign-up

Lowell Sun, October 26, 2017
LOWELL -- Shoppers and diners descend on Pailin Plaza for deals and delicacies. They browse the Cambodian statues, clothing and jewelry at Amara Boutique & Service in the plaza on Middlesex Street, then walk 100 feet to Red Rose Restaurant for authentic Southeast Asian cuisine. It's exactly the kind of area that the Massachusetts Health Connector is targeting for open-enrollment season. Read more »

Narcan opioid overdose spray is now stocked by all Walgreens pharmacies

NPR, October 26, 2017
It has the power to save lives by targeting opioid overdoses - something that kills more than 140 Americans every day. And now Narcan, the nasal spray that can pull a drug user back from an overdose, is being carried by all of Walgreens' more than 8,000 pharmacies. Read more »

Mass. doctors group: Trump's opioid actions don't go far enough

Boston Business Journal, October 26, 2017
Massachusetts doctors are critical of President Donald Trump's declaration that the opioid crisis is a public health emergency, saying the declaration doesn’t go far enough to solve the epidemic. Read more »

State official says Trump messages on 'Obamacare' mucks up Massachusetts' effort to promote Health Connector enrollment, October 23, 2017
HOLYOKE - Asked about President Donald Trump and his repeated call to do away with the Affordable Care Act, Louis Gutierrez could only roll his eyes. Gutierrez, the executive director of the Massachusetts Health Connector, said efforts in Massachusetts to get the uninsured to enroll in health plans are getting muddled by the messages coming out of Washington D.C. Read more »

Industry heavyweights raise alarm over new health care proposal

Boston Business Journal, October 23, 2017
Leaders of the state' two biggest hospitals said legislation to deal with rising health care costs in Massachusetts could maim their institutions, specifically by diverting money from them to lower-priced providers. Read more »

An early test on a subject Walsh knows all too wel

Boston Globe, October 22, 2017
Nine months after he took office, Mayor Martin J. Walsh faced a calamity: He had to evict hundreds of people from a homeless shelter and several addiction treatment programs on a harbor island, after the city abruptly condemned the rickety bridge to the mainland. Read more »

HRSA awards $282 million to expand primary health care workforce

HRSA Newsroom, October 19, 2017
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) today announced nearly $282 million in awards to primary health care clinicians and students through the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and NURSE Corps Scholarship and Loan Repayment Programs. Read more »

Baker calls halting Obamacare insurance subsidies 'wrong decision'

Boston Globe, October 13, 2017
Governor Charlie Baker on Friday joined Democrats in denouncing the White House’s decision to cut off government subsidies that help make insurance affordable for thousands of Massachusetts families. Read more »

What does Trump's one-man effort to end Obamacare actually mean?

Boston Globe, October 12, 2017
President Trump has taken yet another step toward unilaterally upending Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act. Read more »

Haitians still need protections from US

Boston Globe editorial, October 12, 2017
Could the Trump administration, fresh from its disgraceful decision to revoke the program that kept young immigrants in the country, get any crueler in its immigration policies? The country is about to find out. Read more »

At Boston Public Library, a new outreach position for the homeless

Boston Globe, October 6, 2017
Boston has hired a full-time outreach manager who will provide help to the homeless who are drawn to "the spaces and resources of the Boston Public Library," City Hall announced Friday. Read more »

Editorial: Don't let health center funding lapse

Boston Business Journal, October 4, 2017
Congress has several urgent matters vying for its attention right now, including devastation in Puerto Rico and the massacre in Las Vegas. But its lack of appropriate response to national tragedies is no excuse for its quiet failure to do its day job, such as keeping on top of critical federal funding initiatives. One such item is the funding of community health centers, and a missed Sept. 30 deadline for reauthorization will hurt Massachusetts residents and businesses. Read more »

Baker calls for bipartisan effort on health care reform (features League & health centers)

Boston Globe, October 3, 2017
Governor Charlie Baker on Monday urged politicians in Washington, D.C., to take action on several looming health care issues, saying it was a shame that the debate has been dominated by partisan efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Read more »

Missed funding deadline in D.C. leaves state health centers on edge

Greenfield Recorder, October 2, 2017
BOSTON - Massachusetts officials are sounding the alarm over a possible loss of federal money for certain health care programs, and advocates said its impact has already hit community health centers. Read more »

Massachusetts to begin far-reaching probe of addiction treatment scams

Kaiser Health News, October 2, 2017
State Attorney General Maura Healey's office is conducting an investigation of people who allegedly prey on those with an opioid addiction by sending them to treatment centers hundreds of miles from home for expensive and often shoddy care paid for by insurance benefits obtained by using fake addresses. Read more »