On Tuesday June 19th, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a major health care bill that includes funding for the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF). This is a big win and important step in the campaign for continuation of PWTF, a first-in-the-nation program connecting clinical care and community interventions to address costly and preventable health conditions. The Massachusetts Senate passed its version of the health care bill last fall, which also included funding for continuation of PWTF.
The House and Senate bills differ in several respects, so a conference committee will now work to reconcile those differences before July 31st, which is the end of the formal legislative session.
Thank you to all of our supporters and members who have been working with us to make sure that we protect and expand this successful program. PWTF has increased access to preventive services for nearly one million people across every region of the Commonwealth, most of whom face language, economic, and other barriers to care.
This significant step forward for PWTF would not have been possible without the advocacy and support of the House legislative co-sponsors and House leadership. Thank you Representative Aaron Vega and Representative Tackey Chan, Speaker Robert DeLeo, Majority Leader Ronald Mariano, Chairman Jeff Sanchez, and Vice Chairman Jeff Roy.
MPHA and our partners are working to ensure that the final health care bill coming out of the conference committee includes the strongest supports for PWTF. Stay tuned for an action alert in the coming weeks!