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Uninsured Rate Up 50 Percent for Massachusetts’ Children

Across the country, the number of children without health insurance rose in 2017 for the first time in eight years, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. The research found no state made progress to get more children insured between 2016 and 2017, including Massachusetts. The Commonwealth saw

Mass. Leads Country in Fentanyl Overdose Deaths

Massachusetts reached an all-time high in fentanyl overdose deaths this year, according to new data from the state Department of Public Health. Nearly 90 percent of opioid overdoses in the second quarter involved the synthetic opioid fentanyl. What’s more, a report from The Pew Charitable Trusts maintains that Massachusetts had a higher opioid death rate

Children, Women with Disabilities More Likely to Face Discrimination

Women with disabilities in Afghanistan protest for their rights. Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPS Children with disabilities are up to four times more likely to experience violence, with girls being the most at risk, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund. “Children with disabilities are among the most marginalised groups in society. If society continues to see

Tent Cities for Detaining Immigrants to be Built on Toxic Military Bases

A coalition of immigrant, labor and environmental groups is demanding details on government plans to detain migrant families at military bases known to be contaminated from decades of use for munitions and hazardous waste disposal, nuclear weapons development and military firing ranges. On Wednesday, Aug. 22, as the Trump administration rushed to build tent cities at

Health Care Advocates Call New Insurance Rule Bad for Consumers, Providers

Photo Courtesy of Franchise Opportunities  A new health insurance rule is being called another blow to people with pre-existing conditions. On Wednesday, the Trump administration released a new rule that allows insurance companies to expand the sale of short-term insurance plans that don’t cover the health benefits deemed “essential” by the Affordable Care Act. Cheryl

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