Kay Lazar - Friday, January 2, 2009
With a leafleting, lobbying, and letter-writing blitz, healthcare groups are urging Governor Patrick to use expected federal bailout money to shore up health programs slashed this fall because of the state’s budget crisis.
A coalition of three dozen social service, healthcare, labor, and legal groups - dubbed Put Patients First - is mailing 100,000 Boston area voters a flier about the specific effect of recent cuts to Boston Medical Center and Cambridge Health Alliance. The two institutions serve a large share of the region’s low-income residents and, hospital officials say, are suffering from disproportionate state budget cuts.
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