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Trump’s ‘Skinny’ budget is all bones

By Al Norman On March 16, President Donald Trump sent over his federal fiscal year 2018 Budget Blueprint to Congress. It was the president’s first budget, and there were no real surprises in it. It’s not really a budget at all; it’s more of a press release about what the president wants to see Congress […]

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The health care nuclear option

By Al Norman Congress and the White House are poised to dismantle health care protections in our state that may take decades to repair. It’s a health care nuclear option. On Feb. 24, 22 advocacy groups (including Mass Home Care) sent the following letter to Governor Charlie Baker on the impending cuts to MassHealth: “Children, […]

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Home care workers: poor caring for the poor

By Al Norman The home care program in Massachusetts has been described as a service in which low-income older women are taken care of by low-income younger women. The fact is, most clients— and their providers—are women. According to new research from the Paraprofessional HealthCare Institute (PHI) in New York,  home care workers in the […]

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The SNAP snafu

On April 9, the Mass Home Care Association and Mass Councils On Aging, sent a joint letter to the head of the state’s Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) about mismanagement of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as Food Stamps.

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Medicare vouchers? Oh no, not again

By Al Norman “Let me be clear,” U.S. Senator Ed Markey wrote. “I will not stand by and let the Republicans break the promise of Medicare.” Markey was responding to a federal budget resolution adopted by the House in late March that would dramatically change how health care is provided to all Americans. The House […]

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Sustaining MassHealth

By Al Norman As snowy February came to a close, Governor Charlie Baker told the public that “We are going to make some significant changes with respect to how the MassHealth program works going forward, because 13 percent growth in the MassHealth program is not only not sustainable for health and human services organizations; it’s not […]

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