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Newsroom - November 2017

Dear Health Center Advocate, your advocacy matters.

NACHC Health center Advocacy Network, November 28, 2017
Over the course of the past few months, and especially in these recent weeks, we have called on you to take action as a Health Center Advocate more times than we can count. Read more »

When inmates return to their lives, Kevin Sibley is there to help them

Boston Globe, November 26, 2017
He was a "heavy hitter" on city streets, Kevin Sibley recalled. But, after getting stabbed at the Ashmont train station in 2014, he finally sought help. The 24-year-old man and Sibley, a self-appointed social service advocate at the time, would meet two to three times a week. The man, known as Shongi,got a job through Building Pathways, a job training program sponsored by Action for Boston Community Development. He moved into a new apartment, along with his girlfriend and mother. Read more »

Middlesex sheriff plans for young-adult unit in Billerica

Lowell Sun, November 23, 2017
BILLERICA -- It's no secret that many young adult offenders find themselves in a vicious cycle. After getting released from jail, there's a decent chance they'll re-offend within three years. Read more »

Telemedicine success often hinges on aligning providers and payers

m Health Intelligence, November 22, 2017
With the winter months upon us, keeping people in housing is a priority - especially those in the veteran community. Lowell is the one of the latest cities to be certified by the U.S. government as succeeding in ending homelessness among veterans, partly due to the work of the Veterans' Northeast Outreach Center, which prioritizes helping servicemembers have a place to call home. The center has been around since 1985, and last year, it helped about 100,000 veterans with housing, counseling and job training. Read more »

Preventing homelessness among Lowell's veterans

WGBH, November 21, 2017
Sometimes a telemedicine service can offer too much value to let a little thing like reimbursement stand in the way. For a group of seven community health centers in Massachusetts, that service is teledermatology. Read more »

Health care industry urges reprieve for Haitian immigrants

US News & World Report, November 19, 2017
BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts' health care industry is concerned about losing scores of workers as President Donald Trump's administration weighs whether to extend temporary residency for thousands of Haitian immigrants by Thanksgiving. Read more »

Lynn Community Health Center wins national recognition, November 19, 2017
Lynn - Lynn Community Health Center (LCHC) has been recognized as a 2017 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champion by the Centers for Disease Control. Read more »

Rosette Martinez joins The Dimock Center

The Bay State Banner, November 17, 2017
Rosette Martinez joined The Dimock Center as Chief Officer of Operations Integration. In this newly created position, Martinez will help design, develop and implement operational infrastructure to support current functions and anticipated growth, including in Dimock’s current and upcoming strategic plan. Read more »

VA exploring idea of merging health system with Pentagon

Boston Herald, November 17, 2017
WASHINGTON - As part of its effort to expand private health care, the Department of Veterans Affairs is exploring the possibility of merging its health system with the Pentagon's, a cost-saving measure that veterans groups say could threaten the viability of VA hospitals and clinics. Read more »

EBNHC Helps with Puerto Rico Relief Efforts

Eastie Times, November 16, 2017
With a good amount of the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center's staff hailing from Puerto Rico, it came as no surprise after Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. Caribbean Island staffers at the health center felt powerless and wanted to find a way, anyway to help. Read more »

EBNHC's Winthrop Health Center welcomes Dr Mothusi Chilume

Winthrop Transcript, November 15, 2017
East Boston Neighborhood Health Center's Winthrop Health Center on Main Street welcomed the newest addition to its medical staff this month. Dr. Mothusi Chilume began seeing patients last week at the WHC located a few doors down from Belle Isle Seafood as one of four providers that see patients regularly. Read more »

Opioid-related deaths decline by 10 percent in Mass.

Boston Globe, November 13, 2017
The number of people dying from opioid overdoses in Massachusetts dropped by a stunning 10 percent during the first nine months of this year, compared with the same period in 2016, according to new data that provides mounting evidence the opioid crisis may be easing. Read more »

Provision in health care bill passed by Mass. Senate would allow a 'Medicaid buy-in'

NPR, November 10, 2017
There's a provision tucked into a sweeping health care bill approved by the Massachusetts Senate that would let anyone, no matter how much you earn, buy insurance through the state's Medicaid program. Read more »

Health centers feel the pinch of uncertainty as Congress mulls funding

Boston Business Journal, November 2, 2017
Federal funds for both the Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, and for community health centers expired on Oct. 1, and Congress has yet to reauthorize it. Read more »

'All the confusion' surrounding Mass. Health Connector's open enrollment period

WBUR, November 1, 2017
The Health Connector website goes live Wednesday for hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts residents expected to shop for health insurance for the coming year. But after a year packed with pledges to repeal the Affordable Care Act and recent funding cuts, what’s left for many people is a lot of confusion. Read more »

Obamacare enrollment for 2018 starting today

Milford Daily News, November 1, 2017
There is no such thing as Obamacare anymore, President Donald Trump said recently, and falsely. "It's dead, it's gone," he said. "You shouldn't even mention it." Read more »