Department of Public Health

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) seeks to prevent illness, injury and premature death, assure access to high quality public health and healthcare services, and to promote wellness and health equity across the state. MHA engages with DPH on numerous issues ranging from responses to the opioid epidemic and tobacco cessation to healthcare facility licensure and workforce safety, advocating for the interests and concerns of our members.
HB1737 SB1147 An Act Establishing a Behavioral Health Workforce Commission Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery
HB1153 SB679 An Act Relative to Newborn Enrollment in MassHealth Joint Committee on Health Care Financing
SB1685 An Act to Ensure Affordable Health Connector Coverage Joint Committee on Health Care Financing
HB1736 / SB1154, HB1707 / HB1716 Children's Mental Health, Trauma, and Quality of Care Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery
SB197 An Act Protecting Consumers of Sign Language and Oral Interpretation and Transliteration
HB1664 An Act Regarding Treble Damages
SB1606/HB2436, HB2485 An Act Protecting Youth from Nicotine Addiction & An Act to Direct Tobacco Tax Revenues to Reduce Tobacco Use & Its Harms
HB1547 An Act to Amend the Medical Peer Review Law
HB1126 An Act to Ensure Affordable Health Connector Coverage Joint Committee on Health Care Financing
HB1194 / SB683 SB674 HB1132 SB697 SB722 SB723 Systems of Integrated Health Care Financing Joint Committee on Health Care Financing
HB910/SB588 An Act Relative to Mental Health Parity Implementation
HB1144 / SB714 An Act Relative to Hospital Profit, Transparency, and Fairness / An Act Relative to Hospital Profit and Fairness
HB1139 / SB672 An Act Relative to the Closing of Hospital Essential Services
The State Senate begins debate tomorrow on the Senate Ways & Means proposed state budget for FY2020 and the 1,100-plus amendments to it that have been filed.
Measles was declared eliminated from the United States in 2000. But it’s back.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is updating its requirements for hospitals reporting healthcare-associated infection (HAI) data.
HB1172 An Act Ensuring Protections for Physicians & Hospitals that Contract with Medicaid Managed Care Organizations Joint Committee on Health Care Financing
HB1150 An Act to Restore Adequate Funding for Disproportionate Share Hospitals Joint Committee on Health Care Financing
HB931, HB957, HB967, HB1043, SB607, SB659, HB913, SB610, SB700 Out-of-Network/Surprise Billing/Provider Directories
SB700 An Act Providing Financial Transparency for Patients Receiving Care at Hospital-Based Outpatient Facilities

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:
  • Directory of Government Officials
  • 2016-2017/2017-2018 State Legislative Package