Act to Advance Health Equity!

Update

The Health Equity Compact is thrilled to share that H.1250/S.799,  An Act to Advance Health Equity, was reported favorably out of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing! The bill is now before the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. This is a huge step forward in our collective efforts to make transformational change toward health equity and racial justice!

Please join us in thanking Senator Friedman and Representative Lawn for their committee leadership. Thank you for your continued support for this important legislation – we will communicate next steps for advocacy soon. We look forward to continuing our efforts for the rest of the session to get this legislation passed!

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 →

Aquí hay una descripción de An Act to Advance Health Equity → 

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 SponsorsDistricts
Representative Bud Williams11th Hamden – Springfield
Representative Judith Garcia11th Suffolk- Chelsea and Everett
Senator Liz Miranda2nd Suffolk – Boston
Senator Pavel Payano1st Essex – Haverhill, Lawrence, Methuen
RepresentativesDistricts
Adam GomezHampden
Adrian C. Madaro1st Suffolk
Adrianne Pusateri Ramos14th Essex
Andres X. Vargas3rd Essex
Carlos González10th Hampden
Christine P. Barber34th Middlesex
Christopher J. Worrell5th Suffolk
Daniel Cahill10th Essex
Danillo A. Sena37th Middlesex
Denise Garlick13th Norfolk
Francisco E. Paulino16th Essex
Joseph W. McGonagle, Jr.28th Middlesex
Lindsey Sabadosa1st Hampshire
Manny Cruz7th Essex
Natalie M. Higgins4th Worcester
Peter Capano11th Essex
Rodney Elliot16th Middlesex
Samantha Montaño15th Suffolk
Steven Owens29th Middlesex
Tram Nguyen18th Essex
Vanna Howard17th Middlesex
SenatorsDistricts
Brendan P. CrightonThird Essex
Jason M. LewisFifth Middlesex
John CroninWorcester and Middlesex
Joanne M. ComerfordHampshire, Franklin and Worcester
Rebecca L. RauschNorfolk, Worcester and Middlesex
Robyn KennedyFirst Worcester
Sal N. DiDomenicoMiddlesex 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.