Medicare for All

An Act Establishing Medicare for all in Massachusetts - H.1239 - S.744

  • Establishes a single-payer health care system in Massachusetts

  • Provides health care for all Massachusetts residents and individuals who work more than 20 hours per week in the state without premiums, co-pays, or deductibles

  • Bans private insurance coverage for services already covered by the single-payer system

Massachusetts spends more on healthcare than nearly every state in the nation. Under Medicare for All, money currently spent on profits, marketing, and administration would go to actual healthcare, and also provide $34 billion of savings in the first year alone.

  • Employers and employees would no longer pay private companies for health care coverage
  • Instead, employees would pay a 2.5% tax, excluding the first $20,000 of earnings; employers would pay an 8% payroll tax
  • Children, students, the unemployed, and retirees would not be taxed
  • The bottom 90% of Massachusetts residents would save compared to what they spend now; only the top 10% would pay more

What’s covered under Medicare for All?

  • All healthcare services would be covered, including hospital care, outpatient care, reproductive care including abortion, dental, and long-term care – from cradle to grave
  • No premiums, co-pays, or out-of-pocket costs
  • Every Massachusetts resident would be enrolled - regardless of employment,
    citizenship status, age, or income

Learn more here.

the decision makers

Joint Committee on Health Care Financing

Who on committee has co-sponsored:

state senators:

Cindy Friedmanred x
Cindy Friedman (D)
Arlington

chair

John Croninred x
John Cronin (D)

chair

Julian Cyrgreen check
Julian Cyr (D)
Truro
Paul Feeneygreen check
Paul Feeney (D)
Foxborough
John Keenangreen check
John Keenan (D)
Quincy
Jason Lewisgreen check
Jason Lewis (D)
Winchester
Patrick O'Connorred x
Patrick O'Connor (R)
Weymouth

state representatives:

John Lawnred x
John Lawn (D)
Watertown

chair

Kathleen LaNatrared x
Kathleen LaNatra (D)
Kingston

chair

Brian Murraygreen check
Brian Murray (D)
Milford
Steven Ultrinogreen check
Steven Ultrino (D)
Malden
Christine Barbergreen check
Christine Barber (D)
Somerville
Lindsay Sabadosagreen check
Lindsay Sabadosa (D)
Northampton
Patricia Duffygreen check
Patricia Duffy (D)
Kip Diggsred x
Kip Diggs (D)
Barnstable
Jack Lewisgreen check
Jack Lewis (D)
Framingham
Christopher Worrellred x
Christopher Worrell (D)
Boston
Hannah Kanered x
Hannah Kane (R)
Shrewsbury
Mathew Muratorered x
Mathew Muratore (R)
Plymouth
F. Jay Barrowsred x
F. Jay Barrows (R)
Mansfield

Who has co-sponsored:

History of the bill

2024

Nov 2023

Joint committee hearing held

Feb 2023

Referred to the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing

Jan 2023

Bill re-introduced as H.1239/S.744

2023

Sep 2022

Sent to study (Study Order: H.5222)

Mar 2022

Reporting date extended to June 1st, 2022

2022

Oct 2021

Hearing held by the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing

Mar 2021

Bill reintroduced as H.1267

Jan 2021

No further action taken

2021

Jun 2019

Hearing (Health Care Financing)

Jan 2019

Introduced as H1194

2019

Dec 2018

Died without action (not even sent to study)

2018

Jun 2017

Hearing (Health Care FInancing)

Jan 2017

Introduced as H2987

2017

Sep 2016

Sent to Study

Mar 2016

Hearing (Health Care Financing)

2016

Jan 2015

Introduced again as H1026

2015

Jun 2014

Sent to Study

2014

Oct 2013

Hearing (Health Care Financing)

Jan 2013

Filed as H1035

2013

Feb 2012

Sent to study

2012

Dec 2011

Hearing (Health Care Financing)

Jan 2011

Bill filed (as H338)

2011

Advocacy Organizations

MassCare
Healthcare-NOW
AFT-MA