Sunday, January 25, 2009


Organizers of a rally on Boston Common Thursday afternoon say they expect at least 500 people to turn out and demand adequate funding for hospitals and community health centers that serve disproportionate numbers of poor and minority residents. Since December, more than 45 community organizations have enlisted in the Put Patients First Coalition, which delivered 5,000 signed postcards to Gov. Deval Patrick's office last week protesting midyear cuts in state funding for Boston Medical Center and Cambridge Health Alliance. Fearing a step backwards in the state's effort to reach universal health care, coalition members are urging Patrick to resist further health care cuts this week. They are also calling on him to devote, and not to divert expected federal funds targeted to reinforce the MassHealth program.

(Thursday, 4 pm, Boston Common, fountain near Park Street Station)

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