health care

Commentary & Opinion
3:17 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Blair Horner: From one cliff to the next

Blair Horner
Credit C.W. McKeen / The Post - Standard, 2006

After long and contentious negotiations that extended late into New Year’s Day, Congress passed a measure to at least temporarily avert the most immediate consequences of the so-called “fiscal cliff.”  As you no doubt saw in media coverage over the holidays, on New Year’s Day Democratic and Republican leaders settled on a fared-down package of income tax rate increases for the well-to-do and did little on spending reductions.

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12:20 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Vermont Health Exchange Receives Conditional Federal Approval

Credit WAMC

Vermont has received conditional federal approval for its plan to create a consumer-friendly health insurance exchange.

Vermont is among a number of  states that have received word from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that they are compliant with regulations, and have appropriately outlined timelines that will allow them to have a health exchange running by October 1.

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New England News
6:30 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Federal Grant To Help Low Income Nursing Students

     A small college in Springfield Massachusetts has been awarded a federal grant for its nursing school.  It will help respond to a  national call for a more  highly educated and ethnically diverse workforce in nursing.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

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New England News
3:50 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Massachusetts Launches Electronic Medical Records Exchange

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick speaks via videoconference between Mass General Hospital in Boston and Baystate Medical Center in Springfield to mark launch of electronic medical records exchange

Massachusetts launched a network Tuesday to allow healthcare providers to share patient’s electronic medical records.  It was hailed as a milestone in the effort to bring better coordination to the cumbersome health care system.. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.


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Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Mon September 24, 2012

2012 O+ Health and Wellness Festival

Throughout the O+ Health and Wellness Festival weekend of Oct. 5-7, artists, musicians and even festival volunteers will be exchanging talent for talent with medical caregivers, doctors, educators and professionals for health screenings during an on-site weekend clinic.

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The Roundtable - Question of the Day
9:06 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Question of the Day - Terminally ill permitted to obtain a prescription drug to end their lives?

We will ask you the question on the Massachusetts ballot this November: Should people nearing the end of terminal illnesses be allowed to obtain a prescription drug to end their lives?

The Roundtable - Question of the Day
9:03 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Question of the Day - Health care?

How important is the issue of health care to you in this year's Presidential Election?

New England News
5:52 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Mass. Lawmakers Give Approval to Health Care Bill

Massachusetts lawmakers have given initial approval to a bill designed to save up to $200 billion in health care costs over the next 15 years.

Legislative leaders say the bill will also help guarantee the future of the state's landmark 2006 health care law and set Massachusetts on a path to being the first state to holding the future growth of health care costs close to the rate of inflation.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:30 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Blair Horner: More Evidence of the Need for Health Care Reform

Many Americans have health-related problems that are defined as pre-existing conditions. A pre-existing condition is a health problem that existed before you apply for a health insurance policy or enroll in a new health plan.

A pre-existing condition can be something as common and as serious as heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes and asthma – chronic health problems that affect a large portion of the population.  Even if you have a relatively minor condition such as hay fever or a previous accidental injury, a health plan can deny coverage.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:35 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Blair Horner: Helping patients with serious illnesses

Today’s health system often falls short in addressing the pain, physical symptoms, emotional concerns, and other chronic care needs that patients face. These needs are increasingly the norm for cancer patients and their caregivers.  As medical care advances, illnesses that were death sentences a few decades ago have now become chronic illnesses that need to be managed.    As a result, quality of life care needs now span over many years or even decades.

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