The Health Equity Compact wishes to recognize founding supporters JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., and Foley Hoag LLP for their invaluable work: JSI for technical assistance and research from the very beginning of the Compact; and Foley Hoag for pro bono legal skill and expertise in developing and writing An Act to Advance Health Equity.
Legislative Update: The Joint Committee on Healthcare Financing is reviewing An Act to Advance Health Equity to determine if they will advance it out of the committee and move it forward in the legislative process. Tell our legislators to pass it out of committee!
For decades, Massachusetts has been a leader in healthcare reform. Just as we were able to lead the nation with universal coverage, we must apply the same innovation, commitment, and shared responsibility to make equity the next chapter of health reform in the Commonwealth.
For the 2023-2024 legislation session, the Compact filed a bill titled, “An Act to Advance Health Equity.” This proposed legislation will advance health equity in the Commonwealth through prioritizing health equity in state government, standardizing and reporting on health equity data, and improving access to and quality of care. An Act to Advance Health Equity is sponsored by Representative Bud Williams, Representative Judith Garcia, Senator Pavel Payano, and Senator Liz Miranda.
The work to advance health equity is broad and requires collaboration across many sectors to address the underlying social, economic, and environmental factors that shape our health. This omnibus bill is a meaningful vehicle for advancing policy that will support the fair and just opportunity for all residents of the Commonwealth to live healthy lives.
Many groups in Massachusetts, including advocacy groups, business organizations, and others, have additional health equity priorities that are not currently in this bill. We encourage all parties who share our mission to use this vehicle of health reform to make Massachusetts a true leader in health equity.