Public Health

The Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Health considers matters regarding the public health of the commonwealth and other matters as referred. As its new name suggests, MHA and our members have an increasing focus on maintaining individuals’ health throughout their lives – as opposed to healing them when they fall ill. MHA is actively involved in matters of public health policy and legislation.
HB1144/SB1167 An Act Relative to Safe Patient Handling in Certain Health Facilities
HB1143 / SB1199 An Act Relative to the Closing of Hospital Essential Services
SB1174, HB1181/SB1183, SB1269, HB1136, HB1137, HB1207, HB3250, SB1248, SB1270, HB1175, HB1197, SB1230, HB2441, HB2477, HB3514, SB1212, SB1234 Healthcare Facilities
HB3239 An Act to Improve Access to and Reporting of Pharmacy Services in Hospitals
HB1162, HB1219, SB1265 Emergency Medical Services; Vital Records; Disposition of Remains
SB1193 An Act Relative to Emergency and Disaster Planning For Healthcare Providers
HB2451/SB1257, HB2437, SB1210, HB2457/SB1266, HB2443, HB578/SB549, HB2446, SB1261 Professional Licensure & Scope of Practice
HB1184, HB2434/SB1244, HB578/SB549, HB2439, HB3230, HB2436, HB3236/SB1221, HB3227, HB3515, SB1246 Patient Safety and Quality; Workforce Development
HB2469 / SB1214 An Act to Enhance Access to Prescription Information and Overdose Reporting for Care Coordination
The Joint Committee on Public Health on Tuesday heard testimony on a bill that would create a new level of dental practice – Advance Dental Hygiene Practitioners (ADHP).
MHA statement regarding legislation to authorize Advance Dental Hygiene Practitioners
HB2466, HB2467 Tobacco and Agencies
The following legislative and administration re-assignments this past week affect the healthcare community.
HB2442/SB2137, HB3226/SB1245, HB3240, HB1200/SB1224, SB1264 Disease Prevention, Screening and Mandated Benefit
MHA – joining with the Massachusetts Health Council, the Boston Foundation and the American Heart / American Stroke Association – testified before the Joint Committee on Revenue in strong support of a tiered excise tax proposal on sugary drinks.
DPH issued a notice on Monday about the presence of Carfentanil in New Hampshire, Maine, and Rhode Island, and urged Massachusetts caregivers to be both on the lookout for cases involving it and to use caution.
MHA's President & CEO Lynn Nicholas, FACHE will participate on a panel at Boston Children's Hospital on Wednesday, May 31 to discuss how recent federal healthcare policies will affect children and families.
If the per capita caps endorsed by the GOP-backed American Health Care Act (AHCA) are used to distribute Medicaid funds then Medicaid payments for children's healthcare between 2020 and 2026 will be reduced by at least $43 billion.
Dr. Lynda Young, president of Tobacco Free Mass and former president of the Massachusetts Medical Society, testified with Chris Lathan, M.D., a medical oncologist from Dana Farber Cancer Institute in support of legislation that would raise the legal
MHA, the Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA), Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors, and New England QIN QIO offered a webinar series on leveraging data reports to drive quality improvement.

Resources

Click on the links below for easy access to important information related to state healthcare issues and advocacy.
Visit the Commonwealth of Massachusetts websites below to find information on legislative hearings and other meetings of interest to the healthcare community.
To guide your navigation of the legislative process and assist your advocacy efforts, please visit the following state websites:
MHA has also developed the following documents for your information and benefit: