Implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Massachusetts

The health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act opened for enrollment on October 1, 2013.  The Massachusetts Health Connector held a briefing on Monday for legislative offices to provide information that constituents might find helpful- particularly for those individuals already enrolled in health insurance through the state. Here are some important things to bear in […]

An Act modernizing tobacco control and protecting the health of minors

Senator Brownsberger submitted the following written testimony to the Joint Committee on Public Health. TO:           Committee on Public Health  FROM:      Senator William N. Brownsberger  RE:             H3639, An Act modernizing tobacco control and protecting the health of minors  DATE:         October 1, 2013  I am writing in support of H3639, an Act modernizing tobacco control and protecting […]

Your comment about delaying implementation of the Affordable Care Act 1 year

I strongly disagree with your willingness to use this as a bargaining chip to avoid the default. What was unclear from the article in the Citizen was if you meant delaying the mandate and fine or delaying the whole bill (some of which has already been implemented). The exchanges are due to open in a […]

S902, An Act recognizing the dangerousness of retail drug offenses

Senator Brownsberger submitted the following written testimony to the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse. TO:                  Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse FROM:           Senator William N. Brownsberger RE:                  Senate Bill 902, An Act recognizing dangerousness of retail drug offenses. DATE:            September 24, 2013 I am writing in favor of S902, […]

Safer Chemistry Bill

I’ve recently been receiving emails in the form below. My reply is that yes, I have just signed on as a cosponsor. ————– I’m writing to ask you to please take a stand to protect our health from toxic chemicals by cosponsoring An Act for Healthy Families and Businesses through Safer Chemistry, filed by Representative […]

7/31/12 Healthcare Bill

The bill purports to save $200 billion over the coming 15 years which works out to $13 billion per year.   About 60% of employer-sponsored health insurance is self-insured and thus generally not subject to state control.   The remaining 40% of “fully-insured” plans carry premiums of about $13 billion per year.  How can that be?  How could […]