Newsroom - June

Assistant Secretary for MassHealth Daniel Tsai leaves for post in Biden administration, June 28, 2021
Daniel Tsai, assistant secretary of MassHealth, is leaving his post to join the Biden administration, Read more »

CMS Announces Director of Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, June 28, 2021
oday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Daniel Tsai as Deputy Administrator and Director of Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services Read more »

Mashpee Fire Department, Community Health Center Continue Vaccination Efforts

Boston Globe, June 28, 2021
The end of the COVID-19 pandemic draws nearer, thanks in large part to the effort of the folks giving out vaccinations. Read more »

Mass COVID-19 vaccination site at Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury closes, June 27, 2021
The mass COVID-19 vaccination site at the Reggie Lewis Track Read more »

State largest health care providers to require all employees get COVID-19 vaccines, June 24, 2021
One labor union balked at the mandate Read more »

Massachusetts hits milestone of 4.1 million people fully vaccinated

Boston Globe, June 22, 2021
President Biden Tuesday confirmed what had become apparent in recent days, that the country would miss his stated target of having 70 percent of Americans vaccinated by July 4 Read more »

Community health centers applaud big boost in MassHealth reimbursement

Bizjournals, June 22, 2021
The state will raise the MassHealth reimbursement rate for scores of community health centers across the state, infusing millions of dollars Read more »

State Announces Medicaid Investments in Federally Qualified Community Health Centers

Healthcarenews, June 22, 2021
The Baker-Polito administration announced it is making significant investments in the future of federally qualified community health centers Read more »

Boston heat islands turn lower income neighborhoods from hot to insufferable

Boston Globe, June 22, 2021
Three years ago, after city officials repeatedly promised that a traffic project in the heart of their neighborhood would create significantly more green space, they left Jamaica Plain residents with more concrete and asphalt. Read more »

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Medicaid Investments in Federally Qualified Community Health Centers

lowellsun, June 21, 2021
The Baker Polito Administration announced today it is making significant investments in the future of Federally Qualified Community Health Centers through substantial rate increases in Medicaid Read more »

More data sought on disparities in mental health care in Massachusetts

lowellsun, June 21, 2021
The states Health Policy Commission would be required by a bill filed this session to issue an annual report on the prevalence of mental health disorders and accessibility Read more »

Mass. COVID Hospitalizations at Historic Low 48 New Cases, 5 More Deaths Confirmed

nbcbostonbcboston, June 21, 2021
Massachusetts health officials reported 48 new coronavirus cases and another five deaths on Monday, while the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 reached a new low. Read more »

Biden signs bill making Juneteenth, marking end of slavery, a federal holiday

MSN, June 19, 2021
President Joe Biden signed a bill Thursday making Juneteenth a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States Read more »

Front line health workers deserve premium pay

bostonglobe, June 17, 2021
The state will soon decide how to spend roughly $5.3 billion in federal coronavirus pandemic relief from the American Rescue Plan Act Read more »

Supreme Court upholds ObamaCare in 7 2 ruling

Thehill, June 17, 2021
The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld ObamaCare against the latest Republican challenge, Read more »

New name announced for Tufts, Harvard Pilgrim

Bizjournals, June 16, 2021
Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care announced that their newly combined insurer will be called Point32Health. Read more »

Beth Israel Lahey Health and Joslin Diabetes Center Sign Definitive Agreement, June 15, 2021
Beth Israel Lahey Health and Joslin Diabetes Center have signed a definitive agreement under which Joslin will join BILH and bring to the system its expertise as a world renowned center of excellence in diabetes research Read more »

These Mass Vaccination Sites Are Closing This Week in Massachusetts

MSN, June 14, 2021
The mass vaccinations sites at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston and Natick Mall are closing this week in a sign of increasing COVID-19 vaccinations in the Bay State. Read more »

Million dollar COVID vaccine lotteries grab attention, but cheaper, targeted approaches may be just as successful

Boston Globe, June 12, 2021
Free sports tickets. Free beer. Million dollar lotteries. As the rate of COVID vaccinations declines sharply across the country, community and state leaders are offering sometimes lavish incentives to lure holdouts Read more »

Caring Health Center participating in oral health program, receives grant funding

wwlp, June 10, 2021
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.The Caring Health Center in Springfield has been awarded a grant to participate in an oral health initiative. Read more »

With Roots in Civil Rights, Community Health Centers Push for Equity in the Pandemic

KHN, June 8, 2021
In the 1960s, health care across the Mississippi Delta was sparse and much of it was segregated. Some hospitals were dedicated to Black patients, but they often struggled to stay afloat. Read more »

CDC director urges parents to vaccinate teens, noting increased hospitalization rates

Boston Globe, June 4, 2021
Citing increased hospitalization rates of teenagers with covid-19 in March and April, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky urged parents to vaccinate their teens to protect them from an illness that can be severe even among young people. Read more »

A tragedy waiting to happen What behind the steep rise in opioid overdoses among Black men?

Boston Globe, June 3, 2021
The statistic was a shocker. The state latest opioid figures showed that Black men in Massachusetts had died of overdoses in 2020 at a rate 69 percent higher than the previous year. Read more »

Sen. Warren talks COVID vaccine efforts, response during Brockton health center visit

Boston Globe, June 3, 2021
BROCKTON U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren credited the Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, the city and other partners for coming together during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more »