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A role for employers in battling opioid scourge

Jan 22 2020

By Jon Chesto, The Boston Globe

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation is best known for the critical eye it casts on state finances. But the business-backed group is also using its data-crunching for another purpose: curbing opioid abuse. President Eileen McAnneny is spearheading an initiative called Mass. CARES in which participating employers agree to take at least four specific actions over the course of the year to become more “recovery friendly.”
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Rockland Trust among companies pledging to be recovery friendly

Jan 15 2020

By Katie Lannan, State House News Service / Wicked Local

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Eileen McAnneny said addressing the opioid epidemic is an “economic imperative,” and that MTF is hoping to draw as many employers as possible into the effort. Initial participants include John Hancock, KPMG, Liberty Mutual, PwC, Bank of America, Rockland Trust and EY, among others.
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Businesses launch effort to help employees struggling with opioids

Jan 14 2020

By Jessica Bartlett, Boston Business Journal

Massachusetts businesses have launched a year-long initiative to address the opioid crisis, forming a new coalition to reduce stigma and increase access to treatment.
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Employers asked to make workplaces recovery-friendly

Jan 14 2020

By Katie Lannan, State House News Service / Worcester Business Journal

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation on Tuesday launched its Mass C.A.R.E.S. -- Massachusetts Communication and Awareness around Recovery and Employer Support -- program, asking participating businesses to pledge to do at least four things in 2020 to make their workplaces more recovery-friendly. Suggested "action steps" include completing a risk assessment and revisiting employee benefit design.
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Massachusetts Employers Urged To Join Together To Combat Opioid Epidemic

Jan 14 2020

By Paul Tuthill, WAMC

This coalition was formed by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation in response to the organization’s research into the economic impact of the drug addiction crisis. The official kick-off of Mass. C.A.R.E.S. – an acronym for Communication and Awareness around Recovery programs and Employer Support – was today in Boston.
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Report details shortcomings at local public health agencies

May 7 2019

By Michael P. Norton and Colin A. Young, State House News Service / The Metrowest Daily News

State Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, who chaired the Special Commission on Local and Regional Health, which produced the report, visited Beacon Hill on Tuesday to release a summary of the report and the commission’s recommendations. She was joined by lawmakers and representatives from the Massachusetts Municipal Association, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and local health departments.
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For emergency departments, incredible crowding can be normal

Mar 2 2019

By Liz Kowalczyk, The Boston Globe

While the number of overall emergency department visits has been declining in the state, Massachusetts residents still use them at a rate 11 percent higher than the US average. “We’re trending in the wrong direction if we’re expanding,’’ said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which is part of the coalition.
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Viewpoint: Businesses must play role in fighting addiction epidemic

Feb 28 2019

By Michael Botticelli, Boston Business Journal

Two recent studies commissioned by RIZE Massachusetts show how widespread the effect is on the Massachusetts workforce and economy. The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimates the cost at nearly $5 billion in lost productivity and increased health care spending.
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Employers push education to reduce ER visits

Dec 12 2018

By Katie Lannan, State House News Service / The Lowell Sun

"Not all that's broken in our health care system can be fixed legislatively," said Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Eileen McAnneny, who co-chairs the coalition with Rick Lord, the president of Associated Industries of Massachusetts. "Sometimes, it requires private sector action and intervention, and I firmly believe -- and I know my dear friend Rick Lord, who is the president and CEO of AIM and the cofounder of the coalition -- I know he firmly believes too, that the best way to effectuate change in the health care marketplace, particularly for the commercially insured, is to help educate consumers and to better inform them on the consequences of their choices.
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Report Adds Up Toll of Opioids

Nov 26 2018

By Chris Lovett, BNN News

Eileen McAnneny, President of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, talks about it report on the cost of the opioid crisis, in human, economic, and fiscal terms. Interview for BNN News.
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