Public Health

Click on the links below for more information on MHA’s advocacy and member outreach efforts on federal aspects of public health matters. 


The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that relatives of those killed in the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School can proceed with their suit against gun manufacturers.
Safe injection facilities (SIFs) – a location where people can inject illicit drugs under the supervision of trained staff – are on two distinct paths in the state.
President Donald Trump focused part of his State of the Union speech last week on HIV and AIDs, urging a bipartisan approach to “eliminate the HIV epidemic in the United States within 10 years.”
The American Hospital Association (AHA) last week laid out its 2019 public policy agenda.
Last week, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), along with several Democratic Senate and House members, including House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), announced the release of three bills intended to lower drug prices.
By a vote of 98 to 1, the U.S. Senate passed a large bill to fight the nation’s opioid crisis.
In Mass., optimism over a federal opioid bill is mixed with concern over an impending threat to the state's behavioral health system
Federal legislation to combat opioid use disorder is moving along fairly quickly and may be ready by the end of September.
Nearly a dozen Republican senators introduced legislation to bar health insurers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing health conditions.
Things moved at a slow pace during last week’s oppressive heat wave and mid-week Independence Day holiday. But MHA continued its focus on key priorities.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) defended the 340B drug program and the hospitals and health centers that rely on it at a hearing last Thursday.
Last Monday, the Trump Administration released its FY2019 budget proposal.
A new healthcare policy/advocacy group – United States of Care – launched last week.
Pres. Trump said a great priority is to reduce the price of prescription drugs.
Sen. Markey is working to expand access to medication-assisted therapies for opioid addiction.
In Washington, the Senate returned last week and the House follows this week.
President Trump has signed into law the “International Narcotics Trafficking Emergency Response by Detecting Incoming Contraband with Technology Act”.
MHA supports SB499/HB536 which seeks to guarantee women access to preventive health care, including contraception coverage, without co-pays. MHA strongly supports HB502, which requires MassHealth, its contractors, and all private insurers to adequa
The president’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis last week issued its interim report, stating “our nation is in crisis” and calling on President Trump to declare the issue a national emergency.
HB2466, HB2467 Tobacco and Agencies

Resources

Click on the links below for easy access to information on important federal healthcare matters and MHA’s advocacy, outreach and other work on these issues.

Both of these include links to members list, committees, and legislation and records.