Senator Kerry and members of the Massachusetts House delegation will speak today on benefits of health reform to Massachusetts this afternoon, at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center.
Also, Congressman Markey released a summary of the fiscal benefits to Massachusetts (pdf) from the health reform law. In total, the Commonwealth and its residents will receive new federal support for health care worth approximately $7.7 billion over 10 years. The report finds that in Massachusetts, the heath care reform bill will:
- Provide families with tax credits worth $2.4 billion to help purchase health care coverage.
- Provide $2.3 billion in increased federal funding for Medicaid.
- Provide small businesses with $1 billion worth of health care tax credits.
- Fill the donut hole, saving seniors $1.6 billion in drug costs.
- Provide $400 million in new funding to community health centers.
Here’s the text of the press announcement for today’s event:
KERRY, MEMBERS OF U.S. HOUSE DELEGATION TO HOLD PRESS AVAIL TO HIGHLIGHT BENEFITS OF HEALTH REFORM FOR MASSACHUSETTS
BOSTON – Fresh from passing historic health care reform, Senator John Kerry and members of U.S. House delegation including Congressmen Ed Markey and Congresswoman Niki Tsongas will speak with members of the media on Friday about how the new reform passed by Congress will benefit Massachusetts.
The law passed this week by the House and Senate will strengthen Massachusetts’ health reforms, cut costs for families and businesses, bring new federal subsidies into the state, deliver new benefits to families and businesses across Massachusetts, and give the state billions of dollars to provide subsidized coverage and tax relief to small businesses who offer health insurance to their employees.
It also dramatically increases funding to community health centers throughout the state. Community health centers play a vital role in providing high quality care to underserved communities. This funding would help the 52 community health centers in the state that provide high quality health care to those in need regardless of their ability to pay. Community health centers in Massachusetts currently serve more than 760,000 state residents.
Members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation recently announced $80 million in federal grants to Massachusetts Community Health Centers. Of the funding, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center received $12 million to construct a new facility. Last summer the center received $1.9 million to make improvements to its existing facility. The East Boston Neighborhood Health Center is the only health center in America with an emergency room that operates 24 hours and day, seven days a week.
WHO: Senator John Kerry
Congressman Edward Markey
Congresswoman Niki Tsongas
Members of Massachusetts State House delegation
Members of Boston City Council
WHAT: Press Conference to highlight how Massachusetts will benefit from the new federal health reform law
WHEN: Friday, March 26, 2010, 3:00pm
WHERE: East Boston Neighborhood Health Center
10 Gove Street, East Boston