Posts tagged: Health Care

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Media: Criminal Justice Reform Comes with a Price Tag

State House News Service quoted BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella's statement on the sweeping criminal justice reform bill signed into law in their recent report. The law changes Massachusetts' system for handling sexual assault evidence kids, among other reforms.  Excerpt: "The full system of response to and care of people… Read More

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BARCC Praises MA Legislature for Enacting Health Care Confidentiality Bill

Update April 2, 2018: We're excited to share that Governor Baker has signed the PATCH Act into law!  Yesterday, the Massachusetts House and Senate enacted the Act to Protect Access to Confidential Healthcare (PATCH). This bill ensures that when multiple people are on the same insurance plan, confidential health care information is not shared… Read More

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Op-Ed: Pilot Program Offers Lessons from Military on Supporting Sexual Assault Survivors

Gina Scaramella, BARCC executive director, writes in the Hill about an innovative TeleNursing pilot program that ensures that medical staff and survivors on U.S. Navy bases have access to a nurse trained in providing forensic medical-legal examinations and patient-centered care to survivors.  Excerpt: "Sexual assault survivors in the… Read More

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Media: Baker, Markey Lead Bipartisan Resistance to Senate Health Care Bill

Following the Senate release of the proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act, Massachusetts legislators are speaking out against the bill. In a recent State House News Service story, featured in the Fall River Herald News and the Taunton Daily Gazette, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella spoke about the damaging implications of the bill for survivors… Read More

Statement on U.S. Senate’s Proposed Bill to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act

Yesterday the United States Senate released the Better Care Reconciliation Act, a proposed bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Gina Scaramella, executive director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, released the following statement in response: “This bill, if passed, would result in serious harm to survivors of sexual violence.… Read More

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Letter: For Rape Victims, New Law Would Pose Worrisome Implications

In a Boston Globe Opinion letter to the editor, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella responded to a recent op-ed on the rhetoric of the health-care debate. Excerpt: "In fact, treatment for health care conditions related to rape would most certainly be considered preexisting conditions under the American Health Care Act. That is how the health… Read More

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How Health “Reform” Will Make Sexual Assault Survivors Sick

A version of this piece was originally published in the Hill on May 3, 2017. So far, we know that about 24 million Americans stand to lose their health insurance coverage if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is replaced with the American Health Care Act (AHCA). We know that most of those 24 million people will be low-income. We also know… Read More

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Op-Ed: Health “Reform” Will Make Sexual Assault Survivors Sick

In an op-ed for the Hill, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella breaks down how the American Health Care Act (ACHA), legislation currently making its way through Washington, would harm survivors of sexual violence.  Excerpt: "We also know that groups of people who experience significant health care disparities, such as lesbian, gay,… Read More