The ink was barely dry on Cambridge Health Alliance’s break-even budget for the coming year when $2.3 million in expected revenue for the financially challenged health care system was placed in doubt because of a gubernatorial veto.
The Cambridge Housing Authority and Boston Housing Authority are proposing to join forces in a novel move aimed at preserving low-income housing and increasing services and opportunities for families with rent subsidies in both cities.
The Cambridge Health Alliance’s proposed budget for the next 12 months forecasts little or no growth in visits to its hospitals and doctors and anticipates ending the year barely in the black: a gain of $500,000. It’s a major departure from budgets in recent years.
Efforts to prevent cuts to a program that helps lower-income people pay medical bills have failed, potentially affecting patients at the Cambridge Health Alliance and other hospitals that serve large numbers of uninsured and underinsured people.
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.