Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Kay Lazar Globe Staff April 13, 2019 PALMER — The disheveled toddler reeked of urine when she arrived on Gayle Suzor’s doorstep in the arms of a state social worker. She had been plucked from a car after her mother, who was high on drugs, was pulled over for driving erratically. Suzor’s was the closest foster home available in the western part of the state. It was 9:30 p.m. The harried social worker and her colleague knew almost nothing about the thin little girl with sad brown eyes, just her name, and that she was a day past her first birthday. Does she have allergies? Suzor asked. The social workers didn’t know. Does she drink from a bottle? They couldn’t say. They handed over the toddler’s musty-smelling diaper bag.Suzor watched the women drive away as she cradled the frightened child. Now what do I do? she thought. … [Read more...] about Foster families say DCF is failing them
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Sean P. Murphy Globe Staff March 25, 2019 Linda Lane had a lot on her mind when she arrived at MetroWest Medical Center with her 19-year-old son to have his swollen tonsils removed.At 6 foot 4 inches, Drew is a sturdy lad. But eight months earlier, as a college freshman, he had been knocked off his feet by a nasty bout of both mononucleosis and pneumonia.On Jan. 3, Lane did her best to steel her nerves as Drew was prepared for surgery that, while usually uncomplicated, is not without risk. Advertisement Then MetroWest gave Lane something new to worry about: The hospital wouldn’t take her insurance. Get Today's Headlines in your inbox: The day's top stories delivered every morning. Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here For the next several months, Lane was caught in the middle of a nightmarish experience with the hospital … [Read more...] about This woman’s polite request may have saved her $12,000 in surgery costs
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Liz Kowalczyk and Priyanka Dayal McCluskey Globe Staff January 13, 2019 Need an X-ray and stitches to go along with your burrito and office supplies?Urgent care centers, walk-in clinics that treat a range of pressing medical issues, are proliferating in crowded shopping centers and along busy roads across the state, especially in affluent suburbs. One 2-mile stretch of Route 9 will soon have four urgent care centers, the newest next to a Chipotle and a Staples in Natick. Chestnut Hill has three within a 15-minute drive, and Cambridge, four. But no companies have rushed to open urgent care centers in Dorchester, Roxbury, or other lower-income neighborhoods in Boston. Advertisement The explosion of the urgent care industry is reshaping the health care landscape in Massachusetts and across the country. A state commission counted 150 urgent care centers last year, … [Read more...] about Urgent care centers proliferate in Mass., but fewer low-income patients have access
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Robert Weisman Globe Staff December 03, 2018 Dr. Marsha Lavoie, a family medicine specialist at Harrington Memorial Hospital in Southbridge, knows more about Medicare than most people because she routinely bills the federal health insurance program on behalf of her older and disabled patients. But when it came time to sign up for the program herself this year, Lavoie, 65, faced the same concerns and uncertainties as anyone else navigating the maze of Medicare options, regulations, supplemental plans, and potential land mines.“It’s time-consuming trying to sort through it,” Lavoie said. “You’ve got to look at coverage, premium, network, drugs, how much it’s going to cost and what the restrictions are. There’s so many different plans, and they all have their own rules and regulations.” Advertisement With roughly … [Read more...] about Enrolling in Medicare can be confusing. Here’s how to do it.