Act to Advance Health Equity!

Health care access and health outcomes are deeply unequal in the Commonwealth, especially for people of color. An Act to Advance Health Equity will support the fair opportunity for all in Massachusetts to live longer, healthier lives.

Lawmakers Need to Hear from You! The Joint Committee on Health Care 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. Our quick form below makes it easy to email your legislators!

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About the Bill

For the 2023-2024 legislation session, the Compact filed a bill titled, “An Act to Advance Health Equity” (H.1250/S.799). 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 proposed bill will:

  • Make medications for conditions like asthma, heart disease, and diabetes more affordable
  • Ensure all our community members, regardless of immigration status, have access to MassHealth/Medicaid, if otherwise eligible
  • Invest in local efforts to build healthier, stronger communities
  • And more!

Here is a one-page overview of An Act to Advance Health Equity →

Here is a one-page infographic fact sheet on An Act to Advance Health Equity →

Here is a section-by-section summary of An Act to Advance Health Equity →

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You can read the full bill here → (House) / (Senate)

Here is the Health Equity Compact’s written testimony in support of An Act to Advance Health Equity →

Lead Sponsors Districts
Representative Bud Williams 11th Hamden – Springfield
Representative Judith Garcia 11th Suffolk- Chelsea and Everett
Senator Liz Miranda 2nd Suffolk – Boston
Senator Pavel Payano 1st Essex – Haverhill, Lawrence, Methuen
Representatives Districts
Adam Gomez Hampden
Adrian C. Madaro 1st Suffolk
Adrianne Pusateri Ramos 14th Essex
Andres X. Vargas 3rd Essex
Carlos González 10th Hampden
Christine P. Barber 34th Middlesex
Christopher J. Worrell 5th Suffolk
Daniel Cahill 10th Essex
Danillo A. Sena 37th Middlesex
Denise Garlick 13th Norfolk
Francisco E. Paulino 16th Essex
Joseph W. McGonagle, Jr. 28th Middlesex
Lindsey Sabadosa 1st Hampshire
Manny Cruz 7th Essex
Natalie M. Higgins 4th Worcester
Peter Capano 11th Essex
Rodney Elliot 16th Middlesex
Samantha Montaño 15th Suffolk
Steven Owens 29th Middlesex
Tram Nguyen 18th Essex
Vanna Howard 17th Middlesex
Senators Districts
Brendan P. Crighton Third Essex
Jason M. Lewis Fifth Middlesex
John Cronin Worcester and Middlesex
Joanne M. Comerford Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester
Rebecca L. Rausch Norfolk, Worcester and Middlesex
Robyn Kennedy First Worcester
Sal N. DiDomenico Middlesex and Suffolk

96% of Massachusetts residents believe that everyone should have the opportunity to live a long, healthy life, regardless of their income, education, or race.

Learn more about how Bay Staters feel about health equity here.

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To stay up to date with the Health Equity Compact and An Act to Advance Health Equity, be sure to follow our social media channels – Health Equity Compact on LinkedIn and @HealthEqCompact on Twitter/X.

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To sign up for email alerts or contact the Compact team, please reach out to HEC@massleague.org.