Other Committees

A number of other state legislative committees occasionally deal with matters of interest to MHA and our members. Click on the individual committee names below to see bills, issues, legislation and other matters of interest that fall under these entities’ jurisdiction.
Last Wednesday, the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security held a well-attended hearing on 68 gun-related bills.
Last Wednesday, Governor Charlie Baker signed a $43.3 billion FY2020 state budget, and did not issue a single spending veto.
The Massachusetts House last Wednesday passed the Children’s Health & Wellness Act, which identified pain points and recommended solutions for issues, including creation of accurate and easily accessible health plan provider directories.
A series of committees with jurisdiction over the healthcare sector are holding hearings on Tuesday – and each has a slew of bills of interest to hospitals.
Last week, The Berkshire Eagle editorial board weighed in on the proposal to tax sugary drinks.
As the Massachusetts House and Senate begin to construct their FY2020 budget proposals, MHA, in consultation with its members, is calling attention to a series of priorities.
Last week, MHA submitted testimony strongly supporting a bill that would prohibit any licensed medical professional engaging with a minor in so-called conversion therapy.
Sugary drinks that have no nutritional value and are known to increase Type 2 diabetes, obesity, and heart disease are being targeted in proposed legislation that MHA strongly supports.
Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito were sworn into their second terms last Thursday.
The legislative effort to get Massachusetts community hospitals some much-needed financial relief failed last week as the House and Senate were unable to reach compromise on two similar bills.
The Massachusetts House last Wednesday passed a bill (H4664) that would prevent licensed healthcare providers from engaging in “conversion therapy.”
The Massachusetts House of Representatives could begin consideration as early as tomorrow on a massive healthcare reform bill.
The State House News last week quoted House Speaker Bob DeLeo as saying he expects a House healthcare cost-control bill on the floor by the end of June.
The Massachusetts House last week passed a bill by a vote of 146-4 that would raise the legal age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21.
Debate begins today on the Massachusetts House Ways & Means Committee’s state budget proposal for FY 2019.
HB1186 An Act to Promote Patient Care Transparency and Nurse Advancement
The healthcare “cost-containment and reform” bill that the Massachusetts Senate passed at midnight last Thursday offer some positive steps forward, but also areas of concern.
The healthcare “cost-containment and reform” bill that the Massachusetts Senate passed at midnight last Thursday offer some positive steps forward, but also areas of concern.
SB2208 An Act Relative to the Scheduling of Employees
Debate on the State Senate’s sweeping healthcare bill -- An Act Furthering Health Empowerment and Affordability by Leveraging Transformative Health Care (S.219) – begins on Wednesday, Nov. 8 and 9.

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: