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Healey joins multi-state lawsuit over health program funding

State House News Service |

More than $12 billion in federal funding for public health programs in Massachusetts could be at risk by a proposed rule that Attorney General Maura Healey sued to block on Tuesday.

Groups urge three-month delay in new paid leave taxes

State House News Service |

State government should approve a three-month delay in payroll taxes needed to fund the new paid family and medical leave program, according to a coalition of groups.

Opioid deaths worsen in Worcester, improve statewide

Grant Welker |

Four Central Massacusetts cities — Framingham, Gardner, Marlborough and Worcester — are bucking a state trend that is generally showing fewer opioid-related deaths.

Fallon's membership down, profit up

Fallon Health reported a 2% drop in membership in the first quarter of the year compared to a year ago but saw a return to profitability.

Spectrum's new executive director targeting child drug use

Worcester addiction treatment firm Spectrum Health Systems has created a new position to oversee adolescent addiction services and is promoting a longtime employee to the job.

Report: Drivers of health care spending still drugs, provider pricing

State House News Service |

With prices of care continuing to increase, Massachusetts still ranks among the top for overall health expenses, according to a new report.

New UMass chief nursing officer wants to continue community focus

UMass Memorial Medical Center named its new chief nursing officer Justin Precourt, who comes from leadership positions at Tufts Medical Center and Brigham & Women's Hospital.

Sexual infections on rise in Worcester, beyond

Susan Shalhoub |

Funding cuts to prevention services are one cause for a rise in gonorrhea and other STI's. That's brought a stronger response from health officials in Central Massachusetts.

Hopkinton software firm raises $6M

Veruna, a Hopkinton company specializing in insurance technology software, has completed a $6-million funding round.

Community health centers operating on slim margins

State House News Service |

Some Massachusetts community health centers are "essentially one snowstorm away from having challenges making payroll," an expert on the industry's finances said Wednesday.

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