Governor Patrick Signs Bill To Improve The Long-Term Care For Seniors

Governor Patrick hosts a ceremonial bill signing for, “An Act Establishing Standards for Long-Term Care Insurance.” (Photo Credit: Michela Finnegan / Governor’s Office)

Governor Deval Patrick today joined advocates and legislators for a ceremonial bill signing of Senate Bill 2359, “An Act Establishing Standards for Long-Term Care Insurance,” which ensures the availability of long-term care insurance policies, protects long-term care applicants from unfair or deceptive sales or enrollment practices, and promotes flexibility and customization according to an individual’s [...]

NH Department of Health Releases Study on Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act

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The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will be holding a public briefing on Friday, November 2, 2012 to release the first of a two phase analysis of the State’s option to expand its Medicaid program. Based on the US Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act, states have the option [...]

Hundreds of events held across the Commonwealth to Celebrate Healthy, Affordable and Sustainable Food

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As part of a national effort to promote healthier dietary choices and fresh locally-grown foods, Governor Deval Patrick today joined students from Codman Academy Charter Public School at the Haley House in Roxbury to proclaim October 24 as Food Day in Massachusetts. Massachusetts Food Day, coordinated by the Department of Agricultural Resources,  brings together hundreds [...]

New MA Public Health Interim Commissioner Announced

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Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. JudyAnn Bigby today announced Dr. Lauren Smith as Interim Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). Dr. Smith has served as DPH medical director since 2007. “As Medical Director, Dr. Smith has led the way on efforts to promote public health in our schools and address [...]

Trinity College Launches New Master’s Degree Program on Health Care Policy

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Question: What better place is there to introduce an innovative program focusing on the economic, ethical, legal and behavioral aspects of the delivery and administration of health care than the Insurance Capital of the United States? Answer: There is no better place than Hartford. So Trinity has stepped up to the plate, introducing a graduate-level [...]

Two More Connecticut Residents Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

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The State Mosquito Management Program today announced that two more residents have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) infection. These results bring the total number of human cases of WNV infection in Connecticut to four this year. The state also announced that mosquitoes trapped in Voluntown on August 13 tested positive for WNV. The [...]

Lieutenant Governor Murray Announces New Funding To Support Nursing Education In The Commonwealth

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Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray announced Massachusetts has received a $300,000 national grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help current and future nurses seeking to advance their academic preparation within the nursing profession. This funding will enhance the Patrick-Murray Administration’s overall plan to support jobs, education and workforce development and helps to address the growing [...]

Which Health Insurance Customers Will See a Reduction in Rates


The Patrick-Murray Administration’s Insurance Commissioner Joseph G. Murphy announced today he has approved Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Inc.’s filing to reduce the premiums of its Medicare supplement plans – offered under the Medex product name – by an overall average of 2.1 percent below 2012 rates. The lower rates, which went on [...]

Gradual Drop in Youth Tobacco Use Continues, But Significant Problem Areas Remain


Tobacco use among American middle school and high school students showed a slow decline from 2000 to 2011, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  But when compared with other long-term studies, such as the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the steep rate of decline from 1997 to 2003 has slowed [...]

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Promotes Research On How To Improve Health Care Delivery

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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has launched an internal effort aimed at improving the quality, safety and value of health care, kicking it off with Innovation Grants to foster rigorous, high-quality science to the evaluation of real-world solutions. The new Center for Healthcare Delivery Science awarded three one-year grants totaling nearly $150,000 for proposals to [...]

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