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New Funding for the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund Included in House Health Care Bill!

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…

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Press Release: Advocates Call Out Minuscule Cost to Insurers to Protect State’s First-in-the-Nation Prevention Trust

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                    May 22, 2017 Contact: Maddie Ribble, Massachusetts Public Health Association, 617-697-2107, mribble@mapublichealth.org With Deadline Looming 39 Days Away, Senate Faces Decision on Dismantling Fund With just 39 days away from the sunset date on the Massachusetts Prevention…

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MPHA Priorities in Promoting Public Health in Implimentation of Recreational Marijuana Law

Last month the Massachusetts legislature created a new joint committee to review legislation related to the bill legalizing recreational marijuana in Massachusetts, which was voted into law last November. MPHA has identified eight issues to be addressed for the legislature to…

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150 Rally to Protect the Prevention Trust, Call for Fast Legislative Action

More than 150 people rallied last week at the State House to kick off a campaign to protect the first-in-the-nation Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF). The rally included patients and community residents served by PWTF, community health workers, community-based service…

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Legislators Come Out Big in Support of MPHA-Priority Bills

Massachusetts Legislators showed tremendous support for MPHA-priority bills over the last two weeks, providing a particularly strong starting point for public health in the new legislative session. Of 200 total legislators in the Massachusetts House and Senate, a majority co-sponsored…

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Action you can take now for health equity!

Last week, state legislators filed more than 5,700 bills that will be considered over the next two weeks. Now is a critical time here in Massachusetts to take action!  You have the chance to help MPHA promote policies that will reduce disparities and…

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Join us March 1st for the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund Campaign Kick-Off

Join us on March 1, 2017 for the campaign launch to call on the legislature to continue the important work of the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF). PWTF, a first-in-the-nation program, is an investment in prevention that has become a cornerstone of…

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Join MPHA for Sexual Health Lobby Day on January 31st

MPHA is proud to be a sponsor of the second annual Reproductive and Sexual Health Lobby Day at the State House hosted by the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts. In today’s uncertain national political climate, we must ensure that…

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Marijuana Retail Shops Delays, More Changes to Come

In December 2016, the Massachusetts legislature voted to delay by six months the January 2018 open date for recreational marijuana retail shops in Massachusetts. The purpose of the delay is to give the state more time to prepare for implementation and regulation of the…

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Hundreds of Municipal, Health, and Civic Leaders Call on Legislature To Reauthorize Prevention & Wellness Trust Fund

This morning, a coalition of over 200 civic leaders delivered a letter to Massachusetts legislative leaders urging them to reauthorize the Prevention & Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF) before it expires in June 2017. The Prevention & Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF)…

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