Bills/Legislative Resources

This page provides details about various issues affecting Massachusetts patients, hospitals, health systems and health policy.

Legislative Bill Tracker

 

Bill Number & Title  Summary
 H.991 / S.612  An Act Advancing & Expanding Access to Telemedicine Services
 H.971  An Act Relative to Insurance Coverage of Mobile Integrated Health
 H.976  An Act Relative to Uncollected Co-Pays, Co-insurance and Deductibles
 H.913 / S.610   An Act to Increase Consumer Transparency about Insurance Provider Networks
 H.1944 / S.103      An Act Relative to Nurse Licensure Compact in Massachusetts
 H.1126 / S.1685  An Act to Ensure Affordable Health Connector Coverage
 H.1072  An Act to Prevent Inappropriate Denials of Medically Necessary Services
 H.1135  An Act to Address the Financial Stability of the Health Safety Net
 H.1142, S.662  An Act to Cap Liability Related to Hospital Financial Penalties 
 H.1146   An Act Regarding Shared Responsibility for Health Care Oversight Agencies
 H.1150  An Act to Restore Adequate Funding for Disproportionate Share Hospitals
 H.1153 / S.679  An Act Relative to Newborn Enrollment in MassHealth
 H.1157 / S.666  An Act Administering National Standards to Medicaid Medical Necessity Reviews
 H.1172  An Act Protecting Physicians & Hospitals that Contract with MCOs
 H.1733 / S.1152  An Act to Improve Access to Behavioral Health Services
 H.1734 / S.1153  An Act to Remove Administrative Barriers to Behavioral Health Services
 H.1737 / S.1147  An Act Relative to a Behavioral Health Workforce Commission
 H.1976 / S.1093  An Act Requiring Health Care Facilities to Develop & Implement Programs to Prevent Workplace Violence 
 H.2529 / S. 1709  An Act to Promote Healthy Alternatives to Sugary Drinks
 S.153 An Act to Ensure Timely Physician Licensure
 S.564 An Act Relative to Health Insurer Reserve Requirements 
 S.700 An Act Providing Transparency for Patients Receiving Care at Hospital-Based Facilities
Cooley Dickinson Health Care supports several food systems projects through its community benefit program.
The Boston-based Institute for Healthcare Improvement has a new initiative called Pursuing Equity Learning & Action Network, and is looking to partner with health system teams to fulfill the initiative’s goals.
President Trump released his proposed FY21 budget last year and it is remarkable for the ferocity with which it attacks Medicare and Medicaid.
The Franklin County Perinatal Support Coalition is a multi-sector and provider initiative that convenes monthly more than 30 community agencies.
Attorney General Maura Healy last week filed suit against JUUL Labs, the e-cigarette manufacturer.
The Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed a sweeping mental health reform bill last Thursday that takes a large step towards "parity."
The goal of the ED Access Working Group was to create best practice recommendations to ensure optimal access to all Massachusetts EDs.
The Massachusetts Senate this week is expected to begin debate on a comprehensive mental health bill.
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Medication for opioid use disorder that employs buprenorphine or methadone has the best chance of preventing individuals from overdosing again, according to a February 5 JAMA Network Open study
U.S. House of Representative’s Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal and Ranking Minority Member Kevin Brady have proposed legislation to resolve the “surprise billing” issue that could finally put the issue to rest.
Approximately 350 people attended MHA’s Mid-Winter Leadership Forum last Friday – the 53rd such gathering in MHA’s 84-year history.
Through SOAR Training – Stop, Observe, Ask, Respond – healthcare and social service professionals are better able to recognize those who are at risk or who have experienced human trafficking.
The Trump Administration unveiled its newest version of Medicaid block grants last Thursday –a proposal it calls “Healthy Adult Opportunity.”
Interested hospital-affiliated clinicians are invited to participate in one or more free, CME-credit-bearing webinars sponsored by Partners in Contraceptive Choice and Knowledge.
Seventy-four percent of primary care providers in the commonwealth ask their patients about behavioral health concerns.
Governor Charlie Baker released his proposed FY 2021 state budget last week, and it contains, for the second year in a row, an update to MassHealth spending of less than 1%.
MetroWest Medical Center’s Leonard Morse Hospital announced last Tuesday that it would narrow its focus almost exclusively on behavioral healthcare.
Hospitals and other advocates are urging the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee to move forward on a social determinants of health bill.
DPH Commissioner Monica Bharel, M.D., testified before the U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce last Tuesday.
The Joint Committee on Public Health heard testimony on a bill that would mandate that DPH create a program to screen patients for the presence of firearms in the home.

Resources

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