Massachusetts Coalition for Coverage and Care

Massachusetts Coalition for Coverage and Care

In the face of challenges to the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA), which fundamentally threaten the health care system we have built in Massachusetts, a group of consumers, the business community, insurers, labor, hospitals, doctors, community health centers, religious groups and many others have joined together to form the Massachusetts Coalition for Coverage & Care. Members of the coalition have different interests and benefit differently from the gains made in our state, but all believe that Massachusetts must preserve access to affordable coverage and care for everyone. Ninety-seven percent of people in Massachusetts have health insurance, the highest rate in the country. The expansion of affordable coverage has been good for the Commonwealth, improving access to care, financial security, health, and health equity, and we have a shared responsibility to ensure that any actions out of Washington, D.C., don’t disrupt the health coverage and care for residents of the Commonwealth. The two goals of the coalition are to:

  • Preserve and improve access to, and the affordability of, health insurance coverage in Massachusetts; and

  • Protect the gains in access to care, health, and health equity that have resulted from near universal coverage in the state.

The coalition will increase knowledge about the progress that Massachusetts has made because of the state’s health coverage law (Chapter 58) and the ACA, broaden understanding of what is at stake if the ACA is repealed and/or replaced, and identify actions that the state and others can take to protect coverage and care for residents of the Commonwealth.

(Ratified January 3, 2017)

 

 

Press Release: Consumer, Provider, Business and Labor Communities Join In Coalition To Protect Health Care Access And Funding

BOSTON (Jan. 4, 2017) - A broad array of Massachusetts organizations representing consumers, providers, health plans, businesses, labor unions and faith organizations have come together to form the Massachusetts Coalition for Coverage and Care, which will educate policy makers in Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., as to the impact that could be felt if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed, a development that could occur soon after President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

"There seems to be a belief among some that no matter how Congress and the president-elect act with regard to the ACA, Massachusetts will be protected because we passed state health reform (Chapter 58) in 2006," said Audrey Shelto, president of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, which is providing research and technical assistance and is a co-convener of the Coalition. "In fact, there is a tremendous amount at risk here if the ACA is repealed, including the loss of coverage for hundreds of thousands of residents as well as millions of dollars in federal funding. All of our gains are jeopardized under such a scenario."

Massachusetts has achieved the highest insurance rate in the country with more than 97 percent of the population covered. The expansion of affordable coverage has enabled improved access to care, financial security, health, and health equity. Members of the Coalition have different interests and benefit differently from the gains made in the state, but all believe that Massachusetts must preserve and even improve access to affordable coverage and care for everyone.

The mission of the Coalition, outlined in a founding principles document ratified yesterday by the group, includes demonstrating a commitment to a shared responsibility to ensure that any federal action does not disrupt the health coverage and care for residents of the Commonwealth.

The two goals of the Coalition are:

  • To preserve and improve access to, and the affordability of, health insurance coverage in Massachusetts; and
  • To protect the gains in access to care, health, and health equity that have resulted from near universal coverage in the state.

The Coalition will act to increase knowledge about the progress that Massachusetts has made because of the state's health coverage law (Chapter 58) and the ACA, broaden understanding of what is at stake if the ACA is repealed and/or replaced, and identify actions that the state and others can take to protect coverage and care for residents of the Commonwealth. A current Coalition membership list is attached; the group is expected to grow.

"We're proud of the progress we have made in Massachusetts, first with our state law in 2006, and then even further under the Affordable Care Act," said Stephen Rosenfeld, interim executive director of Health Care for All, the other co-convener of the Coalition. "Together, we will act to prevent disruption for our many fellow residents who have gained coverage under the law."  

 

 

  Organizations:


1199SEIU Joint Committee For Children's Health Care in Everett
Alliance of Massachusetts Safety Net Hospitals Lynn Community Health Center
AARP Massachusetts Association for Mental Health
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Massachusetts Association of Health Plans
American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Massachusetts Association of Behavioral Health Systems
Associated Industries of Massachusetts Massachusetts Business Roundtable
Association for Behavioral Healthcare Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners
Atrius Health Massachusetts Council of Community Hospitals
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Massachusetts Family Planning Association
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Massachusetts Health Council
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation Massachusetts Health Policy Forum
Brockton Neighborhood Health Center Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association
Boston Center for Independent Living Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition
Boston Children's Hospital Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Boston Medical Center Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers
Children's League of Massachusetts Massachusetts Medical Society
Cambridge Health Alliance Massachusetts Parent Teacher Association
Community Care Cooperative Massachusetts Public Health Association
Community Catalyst Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation
Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals Massachusetts Senior Action Council
Delta Dental of Massachusetts Massachusetts Senior Care Association
Disability Policy Consortium Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus
East Boston Neighborhood Health Center National Alliance on Mental Illness - MA
Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center Neighborhood Health Plan
Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce North Shore Chamber of Commerce
Greater Boston Interfaith Organization North Shore Community Health
Greater Boston Legal Services Organization of Nurse Leaders
Governmental Strategies, Inc. Partners HealthCare
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts
Health Care For All Tufts University Medical School
Health Law Advocates Wellforce
Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston  

 

 

Individuals:

Thomas Barker, Esq.

Donald Berwick, MD

Richard G. Frank, PhD

Philip W. Johnston, Chair, BCBSMA Foundation

Jon Kingsdale, PhD

John E. McDonough, DrPH, MPA

Richard T. Moore

Nancy Turnbull

Celia Wcislo