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Massachusetts Hospital CEOs Cash In

Click here for link to original blog post by Roy Poses, MD. From the Health Care Renewal blog. In Time to Heal, Kenneth Ludmerer traced the evolution, if that is the right word, of the academic medical center from a … Continue reading

LAWMAKERS NIX PETITION GUARANTEEING HEALTH CARE ACCESS

UHCEF Article of Interest ===================================================== Jim O’Sullivan and Priscilla Yeon STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JAN. 2, 2007….An effort to enshrine in the state constitution guarantees of affordable and comprehensive health coverage died in the Legislature Tuesday, with … Continue reading

Don McCanne Quote of the Day: The shocking extent of underinsurance

Changes in Financial Burdens for Health Care: National Estimates for the Population Younger Than 65 Years, 1996 to 2003 Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) 2006;296:2712-2719. December 13, 2006 Jessica S. Banthin, PhD; Didem M. Bernard, PhD Context: Policymakers as … Continue reading

A Bill Coming Due

UHCEF Article of Interest ===================================================== Steve Bailey The Boston Globe (click here for link to original article) 6 December 2006 To appreciate what is happening to healthcare costs, consider this amazing number: $2,228,099. That is what it will cost the … Continue reading

Don McCanne Quote of the Day: Public and private spending in Canada and the United States

Canadian Institute for Health Information December 5, 2006 Health care spending to reach $148 billion this year The public and private shares of total health care spending have remained fairly steady over the past decade. This year, the public share … Continue reading

Partners vs. Everyone Else

UHCEF Article of Interest ===================================================== Steve Bailey The Boston Globe (click here for a link to the original article) 15 November 2006 Last May the twin 800-pound gorillas of the Massachusetts healthcare industry, Partners HealthCare and Blue Cross and Blue … Continue reading

Don McCanne Quote of the Day: Amerigroup’s marketing reps commended for excluding pregnant women

Chicago Tribune October 31, 2006 Jury finds HMO bias in signing patients Amerigroup shunned pregnant women, high-risk patients By Rudolph Bush A health maintenance organization hired by the government to provide coverage for the poor in Illinois will have to … Continue reading

Health Care Spending Growth Stays In High-Altitude Holding Pattern In 2005

Health Affairs: The Policy Journal of the Health Sphere For immediate release Tuesday, October 3, 2006 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time Contact: Christopher Fleming (301) 347-3944 cfleming@projecthope.org Health Affairs Study Pegs 2005 Health Care Spending Growth At 7.4 Percent, Much Faster … Continue reading

Wisconsin Unions Endorse Single Payer Health Care

UHCEF Article of Interest ===================================================== Workday Minnesota (click here for link to original article) 3 October 2006 LA CROSSE, Wis. – The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO has become the 12th state labor federation to endorse legislation creating a national single payer … Continue reading

New Health Law Draws Debate: Details Still Unknown for Mandatory Insurance Plan

UHCEF Article of Interest ===================================================== Jack Dew, Berkshire Eagle Staff Berkshire Eagle Friday, September 29 PITTSFIELD — Groundbreaking and historic. Deeply flawed and inadequate. The new health insurance law that is slowly taking shape in Massachusetts is both, according to … Continue reading