On Friday, Governor Patrick named State Representative Peter Koutoujian to serve as Middlesex County Sheriff. Koutoujian has been a consistent voice for health care, particularly public health. He is a recognized leader in the state on reducing health disparities.
Health Care For All has been privileged to work closely with Chairman Koutoujian during his time in the State House. He was a leading voice in support of chapter 58, our 2006 health reform law. As Chair of the Public Health Committee, he was critical in advancing policies such as childhood nutrition, the workplace smoking ban, and substance abuse prevention. As House Chairman of the Commission to End Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, he co-authored the groundbreaking report that established disparities as a state priority. When he moved over to chair the Financial Services Committee, he always listened closely to the input of consumers on health insurance issues.
Best of luck, Sheriff Koutoujian on the next stage of your career.