WBUR reports on Children's Hospital's new transgender surgery center - which only takes patients over 18 - and interviews its first surgical patient.
A federal judge today dismissed a lawsuit by an anesthesiologist who sued Mass. General over double-booked surgeries - but gave her 45 days to come up with detailed proof the government was billed for operations senior surgeons did not actually participate in and so re-open the suit. Read more.
The State House News Service reports the individual mandate - basically a requirement for people to get or buy health insurance - will remain in Massachusetts thanks to the 2006 Romneycare law.
Kindred Healthcare of Louisville, KY, has notified state regulators it plans to shut its Harborlights nursing home on East 7 Street by the end of March. Read more.
WFXT takes a look, includes the story of a two-year-old in seizures for nearly 20 minutes until an ambulance arrived in East Boston - which has just one BEMS ambulance serving it.
Federal laws that let employers strip birth-control coverage from workers violate the First Amendment ban on government support of religion and are sexist and so violate the the Fifth Amendment right to equal protection, state Attorney General Maura Healey argues in a suit filed yesterday. Read more.
The House vote to gut much of the Affordable Care Act will cost Massachusetts more than a billion dollars a year, Gov. Baker says. After the vote, Baker, like the majority of the House, a Republican, vowed to fight the measure in the Senate.
The proposal would also effectively diminish a woman's right to abortion by banning insurance companies that offer insurance through the state health connector from covering abortion and would block MassHealth members from getting care at Planned Parenthood. And even people who get insurance through work could be screwed, because the law would let insurers offer plans to companies with operations in multiple states that are based on the one with the worst (for consumers) plans.
The measure now goes to the Senate.
The Boston Business Journal reports that Mission Hill's only hospital specializing in bone and joint care is casting its lot with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Lahey Clinic in their bid to take on Partners.
State would lose billions in coming years, the Herald reports. And that doesn't include the risks to people who would no longer be able to get coverage at all.
The council voted 12-0 today on a resolution urging Congress to repeal the Hyde Amendment and provide federal funding for abortions with government health coverage.
Councilor Ayanna Pressley (at large), who sponsored the measure, said that even in Massachusetts, which provides coverage to women on Medicaid, some women have to bear the full price, such as women in the military or Peace Corps. She added the resolution would also support women in the 33 states that do not cover the procedure, even though it is a constitutional right.
The Boston Business Journal reports state health-care regulators are beginning to question whether the hospital's proposed $1-billion expansion could put another hospital out of business.
A Weymouth-based chain of walk-in urgent-care clinics goes before the Boston Zoning Board of Appeals next week for permission to open an outlet in what is now a closed martial arts center next to where the Panera used to be on Spring Street in West Roxbury. Read more.
WBUR's CommonHealth has a series of essays on the tenth anniversary of our health-insurance law that got adapted for national use.
Dr. Shirie Leng was more than a bit upset on reading the Globe story about how local hospitals are removing nurseries to force mothers to bond with their babies and make them breast feed their newborns. Leng, who has three children herself, writes:
Since we’ve already decided that women shouldn’t make choices about breast vs. bottle, abortion or childbirth, drinking or not drinking, let’s also take away their choice to not drown in the wonderful, horrible, crazy sea of new motherhood. Because we really can’t be trusted to choose the best way for ourselves and our children. ...
You know what promotes breastfeeding? Paid maternity leave. You know what promotes bonding? Paid maternity leave. You know what promotes good parenting skills? Paid maternity leave.
A Dedham pediatrician and a Sharon psychiatrist will pay nearly $446,000 in restitution and fines to settle allegations they charged patients for access to a drug aimed at battling their drug addiction that the state required be provided for free. Read more.
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