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Don’t Start Your Health Insurance Exchange from Scratch Leverage Massachusetts’ Work. Massachusetts is a pioneer in the creation of health insurance exchange…
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Click and buy a Tee-Shirt using the link above for a 2% discount. MeTee: Tee-Shirt Design in Seconds. – Deval Laurdine Patrick (born July 31, 1956) is the 71st and current Governor of Massachusetts. A member of the Democratic Party, Patrick served as an Assistant United States Attorney General under President Bill Clinton. He is the state’s first African-American governor and the second African American to be elected governor of any US state, after Douglas Wilder. Born to and raised by a single mother on the South Side of Chicago, Patrick won a scholarship to Milton Academy in Massachusetts in the eighth grade. He went on to attend Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was President of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. After graduating he practiced law with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. He later joined a Boston law firm, where he was named a partner at the age of 34. In 1994, President Bill Clinton appointed Patrick Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, where he worked on issues including racial profiling and police misconduct. Patrick returned to Boston in 1997 to work in private law. In the following years he worked as general counsel for Texaco in New York City and Coca-Cola in Atlanta, which were both facing large racial discrimination settlements. – Subscribe for Breaking News. Like/Dislike, Comment, Favorite and share on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ to get the word out on this video
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Question by Antony: Why did supply of health care insurance dry out in Massachusetts? Is it what awaits the entire nation?
This week it became impossible in Massachusetts for small businesses and individuals to buy any health-care coverage.

I predicated dozens of times here on YA that ObamaCare will cause 100 million Americans to lose health care insurance,Liberals always laughed. Soon we’ll see libs, and do not whine then nobody wants to sell you a policy. You were warned, you laughed, now face the consequences.

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Answer by middleclassman
That is the problem with Reagan state ran health care, the pool is not big enough to bring price down.

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Denver, CO (PRWEB) July 12, 2012

A newly-formed local group, Adelante con la Salud, focused on improving Latinos access to healthcare services is bringing representatives from Massachusetts to Denver to discuss how Colorados Latinos can ensure they get the health care coverage they are entitled to as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

We held off on bringing Carlos Solis and Maria Gonzalez to Denver until we could learn how the U.S. Supreme Court would rule on the ACA, explained Melanie Herrera Bortz, co-project director for Adelante con la Salud: Latino Health Care Engagement Project. Now that the court has ruled, its time for everyone, including Latinos, to understand the benefits of the health care law.

Carlos Solis, who is bilingual, is a navigator for Health Care for All Massachusetts, a consumer health care advocacy organization. As a HelpLine supervisor, Solis has helped thousands of Latinos in Massachusettss secure health care coverage. The ACA was in many ways modeled after Massachusetts health care law, so having Mr. Solis here will be invaluable for Colorados Latino community, Herrera Bortz said.

I am looking forward to go to Denver to have the opportunity to talk to members of the Colorado Latino community. There is a lot to learn from the Massachusetts model, especially for Latinos, and I would like to share our experience with people there who will benefit, said Carlos Solis.

Maria Gonzalez is the communications director at Health Care Financing Administration and will be also available to discuss how the Massachusetts law has impacted thousands of Hispanics in the northeastern state and what Latinos in Colorado should expect with the full implementation of the ACA. The Hispanic population in Massachusetts has benefited the most from the health care reform that was approved in 2006, and we anticipate that this group will also be positively impacted by the federal law in states such as Colorado, said Gonzalez.

Solis and Gonzalez will be joined during media interviews by local health care expert Marguerite Salazar, the regional director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The ACA is vital to the health of the Latino community because it will provide access to care for thousands of Latinos and will provide free preventive services like diabetes screenings and mammograms, Herrera Bortz said. Our organization believes the ACA will do for Colorado Latinos what the Massachusetts health care law did for Latinos there, we just need to educate our community. In Massachusetts, coverage for Latinos skyrocketed.

Currently, 98 percent of MA residents are now insured and very few people (less than one percent in 2008) are paying a penalty for not having coverage. In addition, the states total health care bill has increased less than other states.

About Adelante con la Salud

Adelante con la Salud: Latino Health Care Engagement Project is a newly formed collaborative of passionate, experienced local advocates dedicated to educating Latinos in Colorado about the benefits of The Affordable Care Act and the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange using media and grassroots advocacy. The bilingual campaign will reach statewide. The group is supported financially by Community Catalyst and the Herndon Alliance.

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Gov. Romney has promised to repeal Obama care. Romney argues that each state should be able to resolve its own issues about health care. He says that the Democrats of Massachusetts wanted the Health Care law they now have. However, a “one size fits all” health care law imposed by the federal government is an encroachment on states’ rights and is wrong. The Right Wing Reverend agrees.

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Massachusetts health care bill aims to cut 0 billion over 15 years
The Massachusetts state legislature passed a bill last week that aims to cut health care costs in the state by $ 200 billion by 2028. The 350-page Health Care Cost Control Bill (HCCB), which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, will be signed …
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Congressman Mac Thornberry addresses healthcare concerns
Congressman Mac Thornberry came to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Tuesday to discuss upcoming legislation and healthcare reform. He says our area continues to see a decrease in doctors who will take Medicaid and Medicare patients …
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Volusia to get break in Medicaid bill
Rick Scott signed a law that allowed the state to withhold money from counties to pay for about $ 325 million in certain unpaid healthcare costs. (County governments pay a small share of the costs of some long-term hospital stays and nursing-home …
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Massachusetts healthcare law may hurt hospital ratings-Moody's
Aug 6 (Reuters) – Moody's Investors Service said Massachusetts legislation aimed at curbing healthcare costs, to be signed into law on Monday, may put a strain on hospitals' credit ratings because it will hamper their revenue growth. Lawmakers passed …
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Insurance Rebates Seen as Selling Point for Health Law
“I've been trying to explain that to people — that very few people would be getting a check,” said Timothy S. Jost, a law professor at Washington and Lee University who is an expert on the health care law. Still, he and others say the rebate provision …
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Book: Obamacare law designed to unionize 21 million health care workers
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 20: Health care workers begin a drive to make 100000 calls to Congress urging law makers to pass a reform bill to make health care coverage more affordable for the American public on October 20, 2009 in Los Angeles, …
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Miami Beach, FL (PRWEB) August 03, 2012

The Massachusetts legislatures Joint Committee on Health Care Financing was not able to pass the Bill H.4291, that would change Massachusetts’ definition of ‘smokeless tobacco’ for tax purposes to include electronic cigarettes and dissolvable tobacco.

The Bill would increase the Massachusetts smokeless tobacco tax rate from 90% to 110% of the wholesale price, and also tax electronic cigarettes and dissolvables at 110% of the wholesale price.

Nick Molina, CEO of South Beach Smoke and EverSmoke, two top rated electronic cigarette companies stated, We are elated to see that the public and legislators made the right decision and did not pass Massachusetts Bill H.4291. This demonstrates that the misconceptions on electronic cigarettes is changing and people are becoming educated on better smoking alternatives. We strongly feel it is in the best interest of smokers to offer them affordable smoking alternatives, helping them avoid life threating illnesses related to smoking tobacco.

Electronic cigarettes resemble traditional cigarettes, but they contain no tobacco. A smoker enjoys doses of a vaporized liquid nicotine solution and exhales a water vapor that resembles a puff of smoke, which provides the physical sensation and flavor similar to traditional cigarettes.

South Beach Smoke and EverSmoke are urging individuals who support electronic cigarettes to please call, write or fax the members of the Joint Committee on any of the following issues:

1. You oppose H.4291 because it would redefine the state’s definition of “smokeless tobacco” to include new life-saving products like smoke-free electronic cigarettes.

2. Tell your story on how switching to an e-cigarette or smokeless tobacco has changed your life.

3. Explain that the purpose of increasing cigarette taxes has been to cover governmental healthcare expenditure caused by smoking and to discourage smoking. But since electronic cigarettes, dissolvables and smokeless tobacco products are 98-99% less hazardous than cigarettes, there is no fiscal or public health justification for such a hefty tax.

4. Point out that this bill also would tax “any component, part, or accessory” of e-cigarettes (e.g. hardware, batteries, rechargers, etc.), regardless of whether it contains nicotine. This would be the unfair equivalent of taxing items such as matches, cigarette lighters, ashtrays, etc. at the same rate as cigarettes.

5. Since many/most e-cigarette sales are made online, enactment of this legislation would devastate brick-and-mortar e-cigarette retailers in MA and destroy e-cigarette companies in MA, as they could no longer compete against out-of-state and international online suppliers.

6. Many smokers who switch to less hazardous electronic cigarettes do so because e-cigarettes are less expensive than cigarettes. Increasing the costs of e-cigarettes to that of cigarettes would discourage many smokers from switching to e-cigarettes. It could also encourage some e-cigarette consumers to go back to cigarette smoking.

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Question by : How did Mitt Romney’s state health care law affect people in Massachusetts?
I have heard conflicting details about how the health care law change in Massachusetts affected people. I wonder what people from the state would say, and how it could be applied to what we will all see in 2014. Thanks!

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Answer by mhp_wizo_93_418
the state taxes skyrocketed. and now the state is broke, that is how it affected the people. -… ….

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