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HCFA 2008 Annual Report

HCFA 2008 Annual Report

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2008 Annual Report
 
Meeting the Challenges
 
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Dear Health Care For All Members and Supporters:We are pleased to provide our 2008 Annual Report on the activities o Health Care ForAll (HCFA) and the dynamic coalitions with which we work. Our coalitions represent theconsumer voice as we engage community and business leaders, legislators, consumers andsocial justice organizations in an eort to shape public policy and move Massachusetts closer toquality, aordable, culturally-competent care or all. Our HelpLine and outreach work helpsthousands navigate a complex health system and get the coverage they need.There were a number o successes in FY 2008, but much remains to be done. Since the passageo Chapter 58, nearly a hal-million Massachusetts residents have enrolled in health insuranceplans. More low and middle income adults have comprehensive coverage – allowing themto see specialists or get prescriptions. More amilies receive the preventive care they need –decreasing their chances o contracting a serious illness. Additionally:
•Abroadrangeofgroundbreakinglegislationwaspassedaddressingchildren’smental
health issues, developing cost control and health care quality provisions, and dedicatinga tobacco tax increase to unding Massachusetts health reorm,
•AnEOHHSOfceofHealthEquitywasapprovedtodevelopastatewidestrategy
 to eliminate health inequalities throughout the Commonwealth,
•Prescriptionreformlegislationwassignedrestrictingindustrygiftstoprescribers,and•TheHCFAHelpLinehandled34,781callsfromresidentsseekingassistancein
 gaining health coverage and navigating the complexities o Chapter 58.The eyes o the nation are on Massachusetts as we meet the challenges associated with
achievingaqualityaffordablehealthcaresystem.Thenextyearwillbedifcultaswegrapplewithatougheconomy,butwearecondentthatthegroundworklaidinMassachusettscan
serve as a oundation or a sound national health policy.
ThankyouforsupportingHealthCareForAll-thenation’sleadingstate-based,non-prot
health care advocacy organization. Your continued commitment to creating a consumercentered health care system makes it possible or us to do our work every day.Sincerely, Chip Joe-Halpern Amy Whitcomb Slemmer
PresidentExecutiveDirector
Front coer: Reerend Hurmon E. Hamilton, Jr Senior Pastor o Robury Presbyterian Church USA, Chairman and CEO o Robury Presbyterian Church Social Impact Center, Inc.President o Greater Boston Interaith Organization
 
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“To have insured nearly ahal-million people in lessthan two years is nothingshort o remarkable”
–GovernorDevalPatrick
Almost hal a million residents enrolled in insurance coverage plans
duringthersttwoyearsofhealthreform.Massachusettshasthelowest
uninsurance rate in the nation. The unprecedented insurance gains in
ourstateaccountedfor24%ofthenationaldropinuninsurancein2007.
Health Care For All has been at the oreront o health reorm policyinnovation since our inception in 1985, with a mission to create aconsumer-centered health care system that provides comprehensive,aordable, accessible, culturally competent, high quality care andconsumer education or everyone, especially the most vulnerable. Since
thattimeithasgrownintooneofthenation’sleadingvoicesonhealth
reorm policy. HCFA has set a course or reorm by reaching out to everyorganization and individual in Massachusetts with a stake in changingthe health care system or the better, and giving them the tools neededto work together to advocate or new ways to approach health care.To achieve its goals, HCFA convenes coalitions o individuals andorganizations; including hospitals, consumers, physicians, advocates,employers, community and aith-based organizations and public health
ofcials.HCFA’sbroadcoalitionsarestrategicallypositionedforguiding
discussions that create meaningul consensus, and ultimately lead to thepolitical will to enact health care reorm legislation. These active groupsinvolve hundreds o organizations and thousands o individuals acrossMassachusetts. They include: the Aordable Care Today Coalition
(ACT!!),theChildren’sHealthAccessCoalition,theChildren’s
Mental Health Campaign, the Consumer Health Quality Council, theDisparities Action Network (DAN), the e-Health Consumer Network,
theMassachusettsPrescriptionReformCoalition(MPRC)andtheOral
Health Advocacy Task Force.

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