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KHN – Americans Ready To Crack Down On Drug Prices That Force Some To Skip Doses

By Jay Hancock Large majorities of Americans from both major parties support steps to control prescription drug costs such as showing prices in ads, removing barriers to generics and letting patients get less expensive drugs from Canada, a new poll shows. By a 9-to-1 ratio... Read more

Déjà Voodoo: Pharma’s Promises To Curb Drug Prices Have Been Heard Before

By Jay Hancock and Sarah Jane Tribble, Kaiser Health News Kaiser Health News is a national health policy news service that is part of the nonpartisan Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.  Prescription drug prices were soaring. Angry policymakers swore they’d take action... Read more

States Attacking ACA Would Suffer Most If Shield On Preexisting Conditions Were Axed

By Harriet Rowan, Kaiser Health News Kaiser Health News is a national health policy news service that is part of the nonpartisan Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.  If the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with preexisting medical conditions are struck down i... Read more

Medicaid covers nearly 104 million medical visits, but that may soon change

by JoNel Aleccia, Kaiser Health News Kaiser Health News is a national health policy news service that is part of the nonpartisan Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.  EVERETT, Wash. — Unable to walk or talk, barely able to see or hear, 5-year-old Maddie Holt waits in her ... Read more

Governor Charlie Baker’s GIC Is Guilty of Malpractice

With no input from working families affected by the decision, the Baker-controlled Group Insurance Commission voted to take away Massachusetts health insurance carriers available to thousands of active and retired public-sector employees and push them toward an Indiana-based comp... Read more

January 18 Board and Member Meeting

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Massachusetts ARA spent much of 2017 defending Healthcare

        Almost immediately after Trump was elected, the Massachusetts Alliance swung into action, joining the National ARA campaign to defend Medicare, Medicaid, and access to healthcare in general against attacks we anticipated would be coming... Read more

Older Americans Hit by Senate Republicans’ Sneak Attack

Repeal of Individual Mandate will cause Health Premiums to Rise for People Age 50-64 Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, made the following statement on the Senate Finance Committee tax bill released last night, which included the repeal ... Read more

House Tax Bill Has Low-Income Seniors Subsidizing the Top 1%

Retirees are Already Calling Capitol Hill Switchboard to Protest The following statement was issued by Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, regarding today’s rollout of the GOP tax bill by the House Committee on Ways and Means. “Th... Read more