Will Changes At DCF Turn Things Around For Children In Foster Care?
Gov. Charlie Baker introduced a new set of reforms to the Department of Children and Families on Wednesday, including major technology upgrades to improve communication between foster parents and the department, hiring more social workers, and several new recruiters to bring on new foster families. The change follows several years of trouble at the department, including budget cuts, a drop in foster homes as families grew frustrated, and high-profile deaths of young people in state custody.

Read more: Baker Administration Proposes Major Overhaul of Embattled Foster Care System

To discuss, Jim Braude was joined by Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders, and Peter MacKinnon, president of the local chapter of SEIU Local 509, which represents DCF’s social workers.

Local Doctor Faces Online Harassment Over Pro-Vaccine Stance
Parents in Washington State will no longer be able to refuse to vaccinate their kids against the measles, based on personal or philosophical objections, under a new measure signed into law Friday. The change follows a measles outbreak in the state, and several others across the country, totaling more than 800 cases nationwide. It's an issue many doctors have been speaking out against and now, some of those doctors have experienced cyber-harassment on physician-rating websites, organized by people against vaccinations.

One of them is Dr. Monique Tello, a primary care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, who joined Jim Braude to talk about her experience.

Biden Bids For NH Voters
Recent polls show Biden as the clear Democratic frontrunner, with a commanding lead over Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. And after catching him in action in New Hampshire, Adam Reilly reports that even though Biden’s tics could prove problematic down the road, he still has a talent for forging an emotional connection with voters.

IMHO: When Even Generic Drug Prices Shoot Through The Roof
Jim Braude shares his thoughts on the recent class action lawsuit against drug manufacturers that spiked their prices — sometimes by more than 1,000%.