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KHN: Countless Homebound Patients Still Wait for Covid Vaccine Despite Seniors’ Priority

By Judith Graham Opening another front in the nation’s response to the pandemic, medical centers and other health organizations have begun sending doctors and nurses to apartment buildings and private homes to vaccinate homebound seniors. Boston Medical Center, which ... Read more

KHN: As Drug Prices Keep Rising, State Lawmakers Propose Tough New Bills to Curb Them

Fed up with a lack of federal action to lower prescription drug costs, state legislators around the country are pushing bills to penalize drugmakers for unjustified price hikes and to cap payment at much-lower Canadian levels. These bills, sponsored by both Republicans and Dem... Read more

KHN: When Your Chance for a Covid Shot Comes, Don’t Worry About the Numbers

By Arthur Allen and Liz Szabo When getting vaccinated against covid-19, there’s no sense being picky. You should take the first authorized vaccine that’s offered, experts say. The newest covid vaccine on the horizon, from Johnson & Johnson, is probably a little l... Read more

KHN Poll: Nearly Half of American Adults Now Want the Covid Vaccine — ASAP

By Phil Galewitz                   Americans’ reluctance to get vaccinated for covid-19 is waning, according to a poll released Wednesday. Nearly half of adults surveyed in January said they have... Read more

KHN: Seniors Face Crushing Drug Costs as Congress Stalls on Capping Medicare Out-Of-Pockets

Sharon Clark is able to get her life-sustaining cancer drug, Pomalyst — priced at more than $18,000 for a 28-day supply — only because of the generosity of patient assistance foundations. Clark, 57, a former insurance agent who lives in Bixby, Oklahoma, had to stop working... Read more

KHN: Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Programs Struggle To Reach Vulnerable Seniors Living At Home

By Judith Graham Close down group meals for seniors. Cancel social gatherings. The directive, from the Illinois Department on Aging, sent shock waves through senior service organizations late last week. Overnight, Area Agencies on Aging had to figure out how to help peo... 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