Public housing officials are encountering unpleasant, expensive surprises as they modernize and rebuild hundreds of apartments with a goal of preserving low-income housing for decades. In some cases, the unexpected discoveries have exhausted contingency funds.
If lawmakers don’t block a bid by Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration to shrink the program, some lower-income patients and the hospitals that serve them – including Cambridge Health Alliance – could face heavier financial burdens.
Addiction-treatment drugs from a onetime Cambridge startup raise questions: Why is prescription medicine being advertised in the subway, an unusual choice ? Are MBTA ads a good way to give consumers a fair picture of the medicine’s benefits and risks?
A coalition of legislators, advocates for poor people and immigrants, and hospitals, including Cambridge Health Alliance, is trying to block an initiative affecting thousands of low- and moderate-income patients, disqualifying some and limiting benefits for others.
Once it was health insurers that tried to restrict the doctors and hospitals their members could use. Now it is the doctors and hospitals that are increasingly trying to steer patients to providers within their networks. Cambridge Health Alliance is no exception.
As Cambridge and other communities cope with increasing addiction to painkillers and heroin, along with rising hospitalizations and overdose deaths, doctors are turning to a medication called Suboxone to treat addicts in primary care offices rather than clinics.
Health officials expect the number of mumps cases to grow in an outbreak that appears to have started at Harvard’s Cambridge campus despite the infected having been vaccinated against the disease.
Cambridge Health Alliance now expects to lose more than twice as much as it forecast in its budget for this fiscal year, mostly because fewer patients than anticipated are using its services. The health care system will probably lose $13.1 million for the year ending June 30.
More than 300 low-income tenants in two public housing developments are now saving money for the future – whether they want to or not – funded with a portion of their own rent payments.
Cambridge police officials are considering a new procedure for handling civilian complaints against officers, one that is tougher than the current mediation option but less stringent than a formal investigation and finding.