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Sue Reinert is a Cambridge resident who writes on housing and health issues. She is a longtime reporter who wrote on health care for The Patriot Ledger in Quincy.

Whidden minimum wage boosted to $15 in Cambridge Health Alliance contract

Whidden minimum wage boosted to $15 in Cambridge Health Alliance contract

Lower-paid service and clerical workers at a unit of Cambridge Health Alliance have won a minimum starting wage of $15 an hour, their union announced Thursday.

Housing wait list brings ‘panicked calls’ as authority adds families for higher rent

Housing wait list brings ‘panicked calls’ as authority adds families for higher rent

The number of families that will pay higher rent after a sweeping rehabilitation of Cambridge’s public housing units has risen to 87, compared with the original estimate of 72 families, Cambridge Housing Authority officials said Wednesday.

Housing Authority 9,500-person wait list will freeze for upgrades; few rents to rise (update)

Housing Authority 9,500-person wait list will freeze for upgrades; few rents to rise (update)

The Housing Authority’s huge redevelopment project to preserve low-income housing means that most new applicants seeking public housing won’t be able to sign up.

Hospital readmission rate draws penalty, but added category gives it an asterisk

Hospital readmission rate draws penalty, but added category gives it an asterisk

For the third year in a row, Cambridge Health Alliance faces penalties for having too many patients return to the hospital within a month after they’re discharged.

Radiology investment ‘already paying off’ for Health Alliance, boosting turnaround

Radiology investment ‘already paying off’ for Health Alliance, boosting turnaround

Cambridge Health Alliance is hoping a new radiology suite will improve patients’ experiences, expand services and bring in sorely needed revenue. The early word: The $2.1 million bet is paying off.

Tougher, leaner Health Alliance shows strength in quarter, losses down to $2M

Tougher, leaner Health Alliance shows strength in quarter, losses down to $2M

Cambridge Health Alliance has some good financial news for a change: It’s doing much better than expected for the past three months.

Health Alliance bets on elders program, finances unknown but within its mission

Health Alliance bets on elders program, finances unknown but within its mission

A plan keeping low-income, frail seniors out of nursing home is due for expansion, even though the struggling health care system doesn’t know if the program makes money.

Defying skeptics, and making amends, giant banks invest in public housing

Defying skeptics, and making amends, giant banks invest in public housing

In a deal that connects Wall Street to poor families in Cambridge, two of the largest banks in the country are investing in low-income public housing here.

Health Alliance stiffens Ebola preparation, but will send infected to Boston hospitals

Health Alliance stiffens Ebola preparation, but will send infected to Boston hospitals

Protective equipment for nurses and doctors has been upgraded, but patients with symptoms and a suspect travel history won’t be admitted for treatment at CHA clinics.

Nonprofit ‘Makerspace’ for high schoolers finds new, bigger home in public housing

Nonprofit ‘Makerspace’ for high schoolers finds new, bigger home in public housing

A partnership between the Cambridge Housing Authority and The Possible Project will bring a key component of an innovation economy to Washington Elms.

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