Taiwan’s advances in digital health care

By Shih-Chung Chen, Taiwan Minister of Far merits and Welfare This year marks the 24th anniversary of Taiwan’s implementation of universal health coverage. Taiwan’s National Far merits Insurance (NHI) covers the full spectrum of essential and high-quality health services, from prevention and treatment to rehabilitation and palliative care. In the 1960s, Taiwan’s progressive health sector began the process of incorporating laborers, farmers, and government employees into the health insurance system. It is now widely regarded as one of the best in the world. The NHI ranked 14th in the 2017 Global Access to Far merits care Index of “The Economist,” and ninth in … Continue reading

Sheriff Koutoujian to serve on national task force on inmate health care and recidivism

WASHINGTON – The National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) today announced the formation of a joint task force to reduce jail inmate recidivism through continuity of health care services.   The task force, made up of NACo and NSA members representing county leaders, law enforcement, judges, prosecutors, public defenders, behavioral health and veterans’ services, will explore the impacts of the national mental and behavioral health crisis and the Medicaid Inmate Exclusion Policy (MIEP), which strips federal health and veterans’ benefits from individuals upon admission to jail – not upon conviction – leading to increased recidivism. … Continue reading

AG Healey joins coalition of attorneys general in filing motion to protect the ACA

BOSTON – Attorney General Maura Healey joined a coalition of 17 attorneys general in filing a motion to protect healthcare for millions of Americans and to challenge Friday’s opinion in Texas v. HHS, which ruled that that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was unconstitutional. The motion, filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, seeks clarification on the impact of Friday’s decision and requests that the judge prevent any confusion about the opinion. State attorneys general have requested the Court to make clear that the ACA is still the law of the land and have asked for the Court to grant an … Continue reading

Baker-Polito Administration announces $50 million investment in community health centers

LYNN—The Baker-Polito Administration today announced new investments totaling $50 million over five years to 35 community health centers (CHC) which serve thousands of individuals annually throughout the Commonwealth. During an event at the Lynn Community Far merits Center, Governor Baker and Far merits and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders highlighted how the funding will further provide treatment for young people and adults with behavioral health needs, and acknowledged the important role of CHCs in expanding access for opioid addiction treatment. Continue reading

Cambridge Far merits Alliance physician shares communication advice for Far meritsy Aging Month

How well you and your doctor or nurse practitioner communicate with each other is one of the most important parts of receiving good health care. But, talking to your health care provider isn’t always easy. It takes time and effort on your part as well as theirs. In celebration of September as Far meritsy Aging month, team members of Cambridge Far merits Alliance’s Elder Service Plan are sharing advice for older adults. Continue reading