Will a legislative study put Massachusetts on the path to single-payer? Supporters head to Beacon Hill to push for it.

Tucked inside the health care bill passed by the state Senate is a provision to study the possibility of a  single-payer health care system. The bill's cost control measures are getting all the attention. From the Globe:   The 100-page bill attempts to help struggling community hospitals by setting a floor for the reimbursements they receive from … Continue reading Will a legislative study put Massachusetts on the path to single-payer? Supporters head to Beacon Hill to push for it.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is backing the single-payer insurance proposal from Sen. Bernie Sanders. Does it have a chance?

From The Boston Globe: “There is something fundamentally wrong when one of the richest and most powerful countries on the planet can’t make sure that a person can afford to see a doctor when they’re sick. This isn’t any way to live,” Warren wrote, asking her backers to sign a petition expressing their support for … Continue reading Sen. Elizabeth Warren is backing the single-payer insurance proposal from Sen. Bernie Sanders. Does it have a chance?

Single-payer lives — in my mailbox

Boston Health News doesn't take sides, so we won't be signing the petition to both Massachusetts senators that arrived in the mail yesterday.  But it is worth noting. The fat envelope features a quote from Bernie Sanders, a document entitled  "Myths and Lies about Single-Payer" and an appeal for donations to Public Citizen, the consumer … Continue reading Single-payer lives — in my mailbox

Boston #Sanders marchers on #healthcare

Photos from 2/27 Sanders March in Boston.      

BHN reports: Push for single-payer lives on in Massachusetts

With the ACA under constant fire, it’s easy to think that single payer is off the table.  Try getting that through Congress.  Still, seems, here in Massachusetts, single payer supporters are not ready to give up. On Wednesday night,  Mass-Care invited former CMS director and gubernatorial candidate Don Berwick to a meeting on “What can … Continue reading BHN reports: Push for single-payer lives on in Massachusetts

Berwick stays in the Massachusetts race for governor, supports single-payer

Former Medicare Chief and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Don Berwick apparently got a boost at a recent state convention, coming in third behind two front-runners.  Former political editor Peter Canellos writer notes Berwick’s support for single payer in the Globe’s new “Capital” section: When his rivals claimed he wasn’t really offering anything new — just another … Continue reading Berwick stays in the Massachusetts race for governor, supports single-payer

Single-payer health reform advocates launch new website #HCR #mapoli

The unrelenting supporters of the single-payer approach to health reform  have updated their website. And, it is a quite an update. The old MassCare site was sluggish -- infrequently updated and often lacking links to upcoming events. Check it out here or click below. Also in health reform, check out WBUR's Q & A with David Seltz, … Continue reading Single-payer health reform advocates launch new website #HCR #mapoli

Burying the lead: Mass docs vote for single payer

Hey, my tweet from the Mass Medical Society on their latest survey didn't say that. It talked about a shortage of primary care docs -- old news. Then this came from MassCare: Hello Single Payer Supporters - We have exciting news! For the first time ever the Massachusetts Medical Society has asked doctors what they … Continue reading Burying the lead: Mass docs vote for single payer

Single payer supporters say new payment systems will mean new limits on care

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Federal Trade Commission are just wrapping up today’s hearing on the anti-trust implications of accountable care organizations, hypothetical networks of doctors, hospitals and other providers that would team up to delivers comprehensive care. Go to  #ACO on Twitter for a stream of updates or to the CMS … Continue reading Single payer supporters say new payment systems will mean new limits on care

From the single-payer folks at MassCare

From MassCare: Dear Single Payer Supporters - On November 2, election day 2010, residents in fourteen representative districts in Massachusetts will have the opportunity to vote on a non-binding referendum question instructing their legislators to support single payer health care reform. These districts span 7 of the state's 12 counties, and more than 75 cities … Continue reading From the single-payer folks at MassCare