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PHOTO: Members of the Health Care For All HelpLine Team are working overtime assisting hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts residents who need to renew their Medicaid eligibility. With the deadline so close, those needing assistance are urged to head to their nearest community health center. Photo ourtesy: Health Care For All.

BOSTON - A critical deadline is at hand for hundreds of thousands in the Bay State to renew their coverage under the Medicaid program. Some already are past the deadline, but have a grace period until the end of the month. Anyone who got a letter in the mail at the start of the year notifying them

PHOTO: Special enrollment is still available for thousands in the Bay State to get care under the Affordable Care Act, but they need to act soon. Courtesy: Health Care For All

BOSTON - It's true the door shut on the second open enrollment period for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, but advocates say there are still opportunities for thousands in the Bay State to get covered. Senior policy analyst at Health Care For All Suzanne Curry says special enrollment i

PHOTO: A new JAMA report details reasons that more funding is needed for public health and social service programs, such as Boston's Men's Health Crew, which focuses on preventing domestic violence. The report says the U.S. health system is failing young men of color. Photo courtesy Boston Public Health Commission.

BOSTON - There is no shortage of medical spending or technology in New England, but a new report says young, black men are more likely to survive in prison than they are on the street. While health-care spending is at an all-time high in the United States, said Dr. Stephen Martin of Boston Medical

PHOTO: Department of Youth Services Commissioner Peter Forbes (right) says 2014 saw the entire Juvenile Justice system in the Commonwealth get its head around the fact that kids are different and a developmental approach is needed. Credit: Daisy Gomez-Hugenberger, DYS

BOSTON – The biggest sign of progress when it comes to juvenile justice in Massachusetts in 2014 is a major change in thinking, according to local experts. Commissioner Peter J. Forbes with the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services says positive youth outcomes have been on the agenda fo

PHOTO: Boston University service workers at the Holiday Inn in Brookline voted by an

BOSTON - They work three different shifts at Boston University, so it took time to take the vote, but when the results were tallied there was little doubt about where university service workers stand. Roxana Rivera, Director with 32BJ SEIU District 615, says they have been negotiating with BU since

PHOTO: Sabine and Aiden lived out of the boy's stroller at South Station and in an emergency room until qualifying for shelter admission. Commonwealth doctors and educators are joining advocates urging a change in eligibility requirements for emergency shelter. Credit: MLRI.

BOSTON – Advocates for the homeless say they'll continue to fight to change a regulation that sometimes requires homeless families with children to live in places unfit for human habitation before becoming eligible for a shelter. Last fall Sabine, a Boston nursing assistant, kept all her ear

PHOTO: A new report that compares how children are progressing on key milestones by state across racial and ethnic groups shows Massachusetts in the forefront in some cases, lagging in others. Photo courtesy Kids Count.

BOSTON - Massachusetts is in the forefront in some measures of children's development across racial and ethnic groups, but lagging in others, according to a new report. The report from The Annie E. Casey Kids Count data center shows white children in Massachusetts at the top of a national index of

PHOTO: Starting this week, students in Massachusetts school districts will be field-testing a new computer-based assessment that may eventually replace the MCAS tests in math and English-language arts. Photo credit: Mark Scheerer/Publicdomainpictures.net

BURLINGTON, Mass. - Pupils in all schools in Burlington and four schools in Revere will be taking a test this spring in which the test itself will be under the magnifying glass. It's a field test of a computer-based system known as PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Caree

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