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.
HB278 An Act to Establish Standards for Medical Gas Piping Systems
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
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
Measles was declared eliminated from the United States in 2000. But it’s back.
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.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is updating its requirements for hospitals reporting healthcare-associated infection (HAI) data.
SB1709 / HB2529 An Act to Promote Healthy Alternatives to Sugary Drinks Joint Committee on Revenue
HB1142 / SB662 An Act to Cap Liability Related to Hospital Financial Penalties Joint Committee on Health Care Financing
HB1135 An Act to Address the Financial Stability of the Health Safety Net 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
HB1172 An Act Ensuring Protections for Physicians & Hospitals that Contract with Medicaid Managed Care Organizations Joint Committee on Health Care Financing
HB1578 / SB838 An Act Strengthening the Penalty for Assault or Assault and Battery on an Emergency Medical Technician, Ambulance Operator, Ambulance Attendant or Health Care Provider


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