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Report: Tougher Drug Laws Don’t Reduce Overdose Deaths

A new nationwide study finds that putting more people in jail for drug offenses doesn’t reduce drug use or overdose deaths. On Monday, President Donald Trump called for harsher sentences– including the death penalty for drug traffickers– to combat the opioid epidemic. Jake Horowitz, director of research and policy at Pew Charitable Trusts’ Public Safety

Treat Homelessness Like the Health Issue It Is

Last spring a group of students, led by their Professor Dr. Debra Harkins, came up with  Bill H.3933, which is based on an idea out of Hawaii that says homelessness should be treated as a medical condition; this could allow doctors to write prescriptions for housing. I know, it sounds far fetched, but when you

BAKER’S MASS MEDICAID PURGE

The envelope arrived in my mailbox a couple of weeks before Christmas. It had a green stripe at the top and in big bold letters alerted me that I needed to open it immediately. Inside the envelope, I found a letter letting me know that my health insurance under MassHealth—which is the Massachusetts Medicaid program—would

Mass. Housing and Shelter Alliance Selected as Finalist for Hearst Health Prize

The Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA) is one of three finalists for the 2018 Hearst Health Prize in Population Management. The Hearst Health Prize, distributed by Hearst in partnership with Jefferson College of Population Health, is a program that recognizes individuals for significantly improving health in the U.S. According to the Jefferson College of

Trump’s Record on LGBT Rights: Abhorrent, Unprecedented

After his first year in office, President Donald Trump’s record on LGBT rights and protections fairs far worse than his predecessors, a new report finds. The report from The Fenway Institute, an education, research, training and policy center in Boston focused on access to health for traditionally underserved communities, states that the Trump administration “has

Study Says Food Assistance Improves Health

A new report links access to SNAP benefits to improved health and lower health care costs. The paper, published by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, compiles studies of the health status of low-income people who receive assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, and those who are eligible

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