HFA Honors Congressional Representatives as Champions for Chronic Illness

May 24, 2017

On May 24, 2017, we hosted our 4th Annual Patient Fly-In in Washington, DC alongside an online Virtual Hill Day. As they consider HR 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Senate has indicated that they intend to start from scratch on health reform and they need to hear from their constituents when crafting their plan. […]

Boston Globe: Specialty Drugs Transform Lives — But At a Cost

July 21, 2014

Every year, Cora Higson fills out a sheaf of forms and waits several long, anxious days to learn whether a charity will pay for the drug she needs to breathe. The medication — Tracleer — is so essential, Higson says, that she is supposed to call her doctor immediately if she misses a dose. But […]

Medical mystery: UMass doctors race to counter rare blood disorder

September 2, 2011

By Geraldine A. Collier Courtesy of Worchester Telegram & Gazette Doctors are taught in medical training to “look first for the horses, not the zebras.”  In other words, look first for the typical causes of symptoms before exploring more exotic possibilities. But, former Worcester School Superintendent John Durkin wouldn’t be alive today if his doctors at […]

Puritan’s Pride: Massachusetts marks first anniversary of prescription drug marketing bill

November 13, 2009

 A year after the Bay state became the first place in this country to pass a comprehensive bill addressing prescription drug marketing, the commonwealth is taking stock. The bill’s impact cannot be understated for its impact on industry. Two major trade organizations, PhRMA and AdvoMed, the people who sell prescription drugs and medical devices have […]

Feds: No more arrests for pot-smoking patients

October 19, 2009

New guidelines will apply in 14 states allowing medical use of marijuana Pot-smoking patients or their sanctioned suppliers should not be targeted for federal prosecution in states that allow medical marijuana, prosecutors were told Monday in a new policy memo issued by the Justice Department. Under the policy spelled out in a three-page legal memo, […]

2010 State Legislative Preview: MASSACHUSETTS

September 21, 2009

LEGISLATION MAKES WAY THROUGH GENERAL COURT Lawmakers on Beacon Hill work to make up for a lackluster beginning of 2009, with the cloud of corruption scandals hanging over senior lawmakers, including former speaker Sal DiMasi. DiMasi has been replaced with Robert DeLeo. Changing leadership teams has meant changes in committee chairs. Two bills punctuate the […]

The long view…

September 9, 2009

Every so often it is important to take stock of where you are, where you have been and where you are going in politics. The national debate around healthcare reform has garnered a majority of the TV time and column inches in the newspaper. Events happening in DC right now are critical. Regardless of the […]

MASS INACTION: Placing the Massachusetts Model and Healthcare debate in a National context

August 31, 2009

In 2004, local community groups placed a constitutional amendment on the ballot creating a right to “healthcare for all.” Massachusetts election law requires constitutional amendments be approved by the voters and the legislature twice in two successive elections. Both the legislature and voters approved the measure in ’04. But in 2006, Governor Romney, at the […]

Focus on Data Mining

August 21, 2009

When a patient fills a prescription at a major pharmacy, a record of that prescription (minus the patient name) is sold to companies – so-called health information organizations – that pool information from multiple pharmacies. The bundled information is combined with individual physician identities purchased from the American Medical Association to create prescriber profiles (name, […]

About Advisory Committees…

August 1, 2009

Last week, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland vetoed the formation of a new Hemophilia Advisory Committee saying that one existed as a matter of Ohio law and had been dormant for years, and as such the new measure was redundant. In Georgia, Governor Roy Barnes delivered a veto this month to a measure that would have created […]

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