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 Dan Shaughnessy Globe Staff December 06, 2018 Picked-up pieces while reminding you that the Yankees would have signed Nathan Eovaldi if George Steinbrenner were still alive . . . ■ Seriously, I’m all-in on the Red Sox signing Eovaldi. I haven’t been this sure about a Sox acquisition since they beat everyone to the punch and bagged Pablo Sandoval after the 2014 World Series. The Sox will pay more than $84 million to their top four starters next year. It’s a serious commitment to winning now. ■ The Red Sox are going to the White House sometime in February, March, or April. This wasn’t such a big deal back in 1984 when the Celtics went to visit with Ronald Reagan a few hours after winning their 16th NBA championship on a hot weeknight at the Garden against the Lakers. Advertisement When Larry Bird, Robert … [Read more...] about Thoughts on Nathan Eovaldi, White House visits, and other topics . . .
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Joshua Miller and Matt Stout Globe Staff | Globe Correspondent October 20, 2018 In May 2016, Beacon Hill lawmakers gathered inside the Senate chamber to make history: They voted overwhelmingly to bar public discrimination against transgender people in what advocates hailed as a giant leap forward for civil rights.But Senator Marc R. Pacheco didn’t cast a vote that day.The Senate’s third-highest-ranking member was 4,000 miles away in Austria, delivering a speech on climate change in the picturesque mountain village of Fresach, his travel costs picked up by Austrian groups. He was the only member of the Senate who missed the chance to move the momentous bill forward. Advertisement This was just one of nearly 50 trips — all subsidized by outside groups — that the Taunton Democrat has taken since January 2013. And each was made possible … [Read more...] about Beacon Hill lawmakers make most of travel option
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Matt Stout, Felice J. Freyer and Priyanka Dayal McCluskey Globe Correspondent | Globe Staff July 31, 2018 As its formal session barreled toward a close early Wednesday, the Massachusetts Legislature passed broad changes to how the state targets the opioid epidemic, but it failed to reach a deal on health care legislation, effectively killing what legislative leaders had pegged as a priority since last year. The success — and death — of two major bills buffeted state lawmakers’ dash to wrap any remaining formal business from the past 19 months. Lawmakers went past their planned midnight deadline in hopes of finishing off several other measures, including a sprawling economic development bond bill, and another on animal welfare. It appeared that a bill addressing uneven education funding around the state had stalled, however. Advertisement … [Read more...] about Beacon Hill lawmakers reach deal on opioids, but not on health care
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Joshua Miller Globe Staff July 04, 2018 Abortion-rights advocates and Massachusetts legislative leaders are moving to repeal a 19th-century state law that criminalizes abortion, acting out of concern that the US Supreme Court may overturn its Roe v. Wade ruling.“The threat is there,” said Senate President Harriette L. Chandler, who led a successful charge to pass the legislation in her chamber. “More than ever, the NASTY Women Act needs to be put into law here in Massachusetts so women will feel a measure of safety.”The bill, formally an act Negating Archaic Statutes Targeting Young Women, would eliminate the state’s unenforced abortion ban, along with other old laws on contraception that have since been invalidated by Supreme Court decisions. Abortion-rights advocates said they are pressing harder for the change because they believe … [Read more...] about Mass. lawmakers aim to ensure abortion remains legal even if US Supreme Court upends Roe v. Wade