ThePatrick-Murray Administration today announced that Massachusetts is the first state in thenation to receive approval from the Obama Administration to implement a healthcare initiative to improve care and contain cost for 111,000 persons withdisabilities who are dual eligible for Medicaid and Medicare.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced today that West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in a predominantly bird biting species of mosquito called Culex. The Department also announced that Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus had been detected in a mammal biting species of mosquito called Perturbans. In 2011, 4,604 mosquito samples were tested for WNV and 275 samples were positive. Hopkinton had 0 WNV positive mosquito samples identified in 2011 but did have a positive EEE in October.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced the detection of mammal-biting mosquitoes infected with Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in New Bedford and Westborough. As a result, health officials have raised the EEE threat level to “High” in these two communities and recommend that outdoor evening events are curtailed there for the remainder of the summer. Ground-based spraying by mosquito control projects is ongoing in both New Bedford and Westborough and will be enhanced.
The Legislature today enacted final legislation that will reduce the number of people abusing or selling prescription pain killers, while also increasing opportunities for those battling addiction to receive treatment, Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) announced.
Bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Representative Carolyn Dykema providing increased protection for residents in dementia care units was signed into law on July 16 by Governor Patrick.
“This law closes a loophole in Massachusetts law that allowed nursing homes to advertise specialized dementia care units, even though their workers may have had no training in caring for such patients,” said Rep. Dykema. “Massachusetts consumers deserve to know that when their relative is in a “special dementia care unit” they will be receiving care that meets the highest level of standards.”
BOSTON - Wednesday, July 11, 2012 – On the one-year anniversary of the landmark municipal health care reform law, Governor Deval Patrick announced today that more than 127 communities and school districts across the Commonwealth have collectively saved an estimated $175 million in health insurance premiums.
The US Supreme Court today upheld the federal health care reform law, ruling that the individual mandate is constitutional. To read the statement released from the Massachusetts Medical Society regarding the decision, Click Here..
The National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils brought its multi-million dollar physical fitness campaign to Massachusetts today. The National Foundation supports youth fitness in schools by awarding innovative school programs with fitness centers. The program is open to all public or public charter elementary or middle schools in Gateway Cities across the state. A school selected by the National Foundation will be named a National Champion School and will receive a state-of-the-art Live PositivelyTM Fitness Center for their efforts.