Health care

EDITORIAL-Health Care Relief is Ours

At long last, relief is here; let us be glad

How many of you earn that amount in a year?
Not I, says the teacher. Nor I, says the letter carrier. Nor I, says the clerk at the corner store. Certainly not I, says the senior citizen living on Social Security.
$88,200. That’s 1,700 bucks a week in your paycheck. If yours is a family of four, and you make less than that, some relief is here, at last.  Read more

Free Flu Shot Clinics

Dorchester House Multi-Service Center is offering Free Flu Shots every Saturday from 9am - 1pm through Dec. 12th. Seasonal flu shots are available currently, and H1N1 (Swine flu) vaccines should be available in early November. No appointment necessary. For up-to-date information, call our flu shot clinic hot line at 617-740-2553.


Immigrant health plan called unfair

Kyle Cheney, State House New Service
Sep. 3, 2009

As state-subsidized health care for 31,000 legal immigrants lapsed Tuesday, the result of budget cuts imposed by the Legislature, advocates for a single-payer health care system blasted the cuts as “discriminatory” and said a backup plan endorsed Monday by the Patrick administration could leave them worse off than if they relied on a state fund for the uninsured.

“It’s deplorable,” said Dr. L. Toni Lewis, president of the Committee of Interns and Residents for Service Employees International Union, speaking at a press conference in the State House’s Nurses Hall.  Read more

Health care reform should include child abuse prevention, says D.A.

Even the most seasoned prosecutors are haunted by cases involving abused and neglected children. By the time those cases make it to court, the damage to innocent children is done and their lives are irrevocably changed.  Read more

Promoting women's health in Codman Square

A profile of the non-profit Healthworks Fitness Center, by Neighborhood Network News.

Center that helps kids in need facing rocky future

The SPARK Center doesn't feel like a medical facility. The smell of sloppy joes permeates the air; the scent of the day's lunch fills the Mattapan house every day, creating a homey feeling for the children.

The classrooms, like those in many schools, are walled by corkboards covered with colorful images. The halls are lined with pictures from the center's sister program in Uganda, the Namugongo Fund for Special Children. For the families involved, the SPARK Center is a saving grace.  Read more

Hancock Manor nursing home to close come April

By April some 70 residents and 82 employees of the Hancock Manor Nursing Home will need to find new situations for themselves as it was announced this week the 16-year-old facility would close.

The Vinfen Corporation, which owns and operates the 72-bed home, submitted a proposal to close it to the Department of Public Health on Feb. 9. It was quickly approved on Feb. 12. The company hopes to vacate the building by mid-April and put it on the open market.  Read more

Caritas Christi signs labor accord with 1199 SEIU

Caritas Christi Health Care, the corporate parent of Caritas Carney Hospital on Dorchester Avenue, has signed an accord with two unions to allow "free and fair" voting conditions for the system's nearly 7,000 employees as they decide whether to form unions or not.

Nurses at the Carney are already organized through the Massachusetts Nurses Association, but most workers there are not represented.  Read more

Patrick eyes major changes in health care payment system

Gov. Deval Patrick is considering fundamental changes to the health care system in Massachusetts, eyeing adjustments to the current fee-for-service payment system and planning cost reduction legislation by summer.

Health and Human Services Secretary JudyAnn Bigby said the administration is considering a system in which providers would receive payments related to outcomes rather than amount of care.  Read more

Health centers fret over BMC cuts

A number of Dorchester and Mattapan health centers, unions and advocacy groups have joined a citywide coalition called Put Patients First to urge the governor to halt funding cuts to the Boston Medical Center and the Cambridge Health Alliance.

The group's leading organization, political heavy-hitter SEIU Local 1199, recently resceduled a rally planned for Jan. 15 - the same day as Gov. Deval Patrick's State of the State address - to Jan. 29, after the presidential inauguration.  Read more