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HCFA Supports Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund

HCFA Supports Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund

March 1, 2017

HCFA Policy Director Brian Rosman speaking at MPHA event 3-1-2017

HCFA was proud to play a leading role in today's big State House Campaign Kick-Off in support of Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund. PWTF is a unique Massachusetts program that works in partnership with community organizations to keep people safe and healthy. Almost one million people benefit from the program, which is currently active in nine regions, and focuses on four priority health conditions: pediatric asthma, hypertension, tobacco, and falls among older adults.

The rally was in support of legislation to extend and expand the program. Without legislative action, the program expires this June. HCFA, in collaboration with a coalition led by the Massachusetts Public Health Association, and including hospitals, community health centers, health care workers, faith organizations, and mayors across the state support S. 643, An Act to Promote Public Health through the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund and a companion House bill. These bills will ensure continued funding for the fund, make available new revenue, and enhance the scope and depth of preventive care programs offered across the Commonwealth. We are particularly pleased to note that 112 state legislators have signed on to the bills as cosponsors; over half of the legislature!

Preventive care interventions supported by the fund are thorough and comprehensive, bringing community health centers, schools, housing authorities, and other entities together to address environmental causes of illness. The goal is to take a broader view, and promote healthy behaviors and community-clinical linkages.  The result is effective interventions that leads to improved health outcomes for patients and a significant return on investment for our health care system.

We are dedicated to expanding access to quality and affordable health care for all Massachusetts residents. But the truth is, we would rather not need health care; we would rather people stayed healthy to begin with. In this spirit, we believe that investing in preventive care is vital for Massachusetts. Preventative care prevents future illnesses and hospitalizations, improves health outcomes, and offers financial relief for our health care system. For these reasons, it is critical that Massachusetts lawmakers continue to invest in preventive care by extending funding for the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund.

                                                                                                                                                                 - Alec Lebovitz