HCFA Briefs the Legislature on Health Priorities

HCFA Legislative briefing 1-31-11

Working with Public Health Committee Chairman Jeffrey Sanchez, Health Care For All unveiled its legislative portfolio for the 2011-12 session at a State House briefing on Monday (see more photos on Flickr and Facebook).

A number of legislators attended the briefing in person, including Senator John Keenan and representatives Chris Walsh, Denise Provost, Nick Collins, Kay Khan, Paul Brodeur, and Chris Markey. Staffers from more than 15 other offices also attended.

All of HCFA’s coalitions were represented and were available to present background on the organization’s priority bills, which range from restoration of MassHealth Adult Dental Services, to Prescription Drug Protections for consumers, to bills that will improve the quality of health care available to children.

It is no secret that these are difficult economic and budgetary times. However, the cost of doing nothing or providing inadequate care is often much higher than working to improve services. There is no better example of this than the impact of cuts in MassHealth adult dental services. By eliminating coverage for fillings and dentures, a large number of Massachusetts’ citizens have seen a profound impact on their oral health. This impact is felt far and wide – from increased burdens on safety net health facilities to the economic fallout from lost work and employment.

Even as the Legislature works to deal with rising health care costs, HCFA will continue to be full-throated advocates for the needs and interests of consumers across the Commonwealth. Working together, we can put our state on a healthy footing.

Stay tuned to this blog and the HCFA website over the upcoming weeks and months for information on specific bills and advocacy efforts.
-Matt Noyes

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