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Mass. healthcare site sees low sign-ups due to glitches

After U.S. President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that the federal healthcare website is running smoothly, people turned to the Massachusetts healthcare site, which has seen stalling sign-up rates following a series of glitches and error messages. Jason Lefferts, director of communications at Massachusetts Health Connector, the Commonwealth’s healthcare website, said they chose to create their own healthcare […]

ACA extension period rejected by Mass. officials

Mass. Insurance Commissioner Joseph Murphy and Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick rejected U.S. Pres. Barack Obama’s request Monday for an extension period on expiring healthcare plans after one month of U.S. citizens attempting to enroll in the federal plan. “To change course at this time, and delay certain market reforms, could cause confusion and significant market disruption,” […]

Mass. GDP recovers faster than national rate, report suggests

As the United States recovers from the Great Recession of 2008, the Commonwealth’s gross domestic product has seen more progress compared to the nation as a whole, according to two reports released on Thursday. The national GDP, which is the value of finished goods and services within a territory’s borders, increased by 2.8 percent for the […]

Mass. LGBT groups push for House to approve non-discrimination act

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups in the Commonwealth rejoiced as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill banning discrimination due to sexual orientation in the workplace, was passed in the U.S. Senate on Thursday by a 64-32 vote. Sylvain Bruni, a member of the board of directors for Boston Pride, an organization that plans gay rights celebrations […]

50th anniv. of Community Mental Health Act brings federal officials to Hub

Distinguished guests, including U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, gathered to speak at a mental health forum on the 50th anniversary of a landmark mental health act. Biden said to a crowd of about 400 people at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum that humanity is on the cusp of remarkable changes in the […]