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GBIO Health Care Cost Containment Action

  Over 200 GBIO leaders gathered major health providers, insurers, and healthcare system officials to examine their progress in adhering to the targets of landmark health care cost containment legislation passed in 2012.

The action received extensive coverage from major media:

Freezes sought on health insurance rates

As lawmakers and industry leaders toil over plans to fundamentally change how health care is paid for in Massachusetts, two leading consumer groups are asking them to give ratepayers a one-year reprieve from premium increases. At a noontime rally at the State House today, Health Care for All and the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization plan to call for a 2012 freeze on base premium rates that have jumped sharply in the past decade. The idea is to pressure decision makers, particularly insurers and hospitals, to hash out a long-term plan at a quicker pace...

Clergyman says immigration key to growth

Urging minority groups to unite and assert their influence on policy makers in Massachusetts and across the country, the head of a prominent interfaith group quoted Scripture and drew cheers at a State House rally yesterday.

“When William Bradford and the Mayflower pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock in 1620, they did not bring any immigration papers,’’ said the Rev. Hurmon Hamilton, president of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization. “When John Winthrop arrived in 1630 with the next wave of New Englanders … they were not met with a wall built to keep them out...

Taking discontent to the bank

Chuck Koplik of Lexington had kept his money at the same bank since 1977, through several mergers and acquisitions. Until last week.

Battling to save financial souls

For 11 years, Lea Jerome of Charlestown was a spending fiend. She attends Boston Missionary Baptist Church in Roxbury every Sunday and likes to look good when she goes there. So she'd buy pants and long dresses that she loved to pair together or shop at DSW for shoes. Sometimes she'd never even wear her purchases...

10 years of work to make lives better

More than 1,700 people clapped their hands, sang "Amen," and vowed to keep pushing for measures to improve people's lives at the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization's 10th anniversary celebration last night...

Interfaith leaders invoke morality in healthcare debate

Let the politicians and lobbyists argue about copayments and premiums. The Rev. Hurmon Hamilton and Rabbi Jonah Pesner are waging their fight to expand healthcare coverage on a different, higher plane...