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Newsroom - December 2018

Health vosts bear down on families who don't qualify for ACA subsidies

WBUR, December 14, 2018
Like millions of Americans in this final week of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, Diane McCabe is shopping for health insurance. Read more »

'It's a prison. It's punishing addicts': Calls to reform civil commitments increase

WBUR, December 14, 2018
Standing inside the county jail in Ludlow, Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi is clearly proud of his jail's newest wing. "This here is our Section 35 civil commitment — quote, unquote — 'wing,' " he says, unlocking a set of doors to lead this reporter on a tour. "Now, I want you to know that it's not wet. That's how clean the place is." Read more »

Must the fight against climate change hurt poor people?

WBUR, commentary, December 14, 2018
Read the headlines of late and you’d think that saving the planet means screwing the poor. Read more »

There's a looming home health care worker shortage

WBUR Here and Now program, December 14, 2018
More than 2 million people are employed as home health care workers in the U.S. It's one of the county's fastest-growing careers, but many of those positions are going unfilled. The worker shortage is amounting to a crisis in the sector. Amy Costello (@tinyspark_org), senior correspondent for The Nonprofit Quarterly, reports. Read more »

Many top medical training programs lack paid family leave policies, study finds

WBUR, December 12, 2018
Medical residencies are notoriously grueling. Long hours, inflexible schedules, unrelenting workloads. Now imagine having a new baby on top of that. Read more »

Take care: The Affordable Care Act in 2018

WBUR, December 13, 2018
The deadline to enroll in health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for 2019 is December 15. But enrollment for the program is down in many parts of the country. Read more »

Aetna settles with state over 'ghost networks'

Boston Globe, December 11, 2018
Health insurer Aetna has agreed to vastly improve information for consumers, after an investigation by the Massachusetts attorney general found that its provider directories are inaccurate and deceptive. Read more »

Tech firms enter the business of campus mental health care

Boston Globe, December 11, 2018
At many college counseling centers therapists are overwhelmed and students are forced to wait weeks for an appointment, even as more of them seek help for anxiety, depression, and sleep and eating disorders. Read more »

Even with insurance, getting mental health treatment is a struggle in Mass., study says

Boston Globe, December 10, 2018
Massachusetts residents who need health care are colliding with a hard reality: Having medical insurance doesn’t guarantee you can get treatment, particularly for psychiatric problems. Read more »

Business groups aim to curb emergency room use, and save money, too

Boston Globe, December 10, 2018
Hospital emergency rooms are supposed to be for patients with severe medical conditions who need care right away. But in Massachusetts, emergency rooms are too often used by people who don’t have emergencies at all and instead could be seen in a doctor’s office or other clinic, according to new state data. Read more »

Homeless women offered medical care - plus a haircut, facial, and even a movie

Boston Globe, December 8, 2018
Linda Winn was addicted to crack cocaine for 10 years. She sobered up six months ago, but she’s been battling homelessness for the past year. Winn, a 51-year-old Somerville native, said she’s working with a few organizations to find permanent housing, but for now, she is staying at Woods-Mullen, a South End homeless shelter. Read more »

Partners HealthCare plans new outpatient clinics

Boston Globe, December 7, 2018
Partners HealthCare, the state’s largest network of doctors and hospitals, plans to expand its reach across Eastern Massachusetts by opening several new outpatient clinics over the next five years Read more »

With Beth Israel-Lahey merger, state charts new course on health care

Boston Globe, December 2, 2018
The decision by Attorney General Maura Healey to allow the merger of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health marks the start of a great experiment in Massachusetts health care. Read more »