Health Care

Working families across the state are being crushed by the rising cost of health care. It's time for Medicare for All.

We're failing to get people the healthcare they need

Medicare for All

State-level Medicare for All could save us money while making healthcare free for every resident of the Commonwealth. This is an area we should be leading in.

Drug Prices

Prescription drug prices in the United States are significantly higher than most other countries, and the problem is only getting worse. We need regulation to ensure everyone can get the medicine they need, regardless of personal income or financial position. Unless the Legislature takes action, pharmaceutical companies will be able to further exploit prescription drug pricing for a greater and greater profit, at the expense of patients who need them.

bills to support Healthcare as a Human Right

Medicare for All

  • 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

Abortion Access Act

    Overdose Prevention Centers

    • Several communities across the state are interested in opening overdose prevention sites, including Somerville and other cities, but legislation is needed to establish the legal and regulatory framework for them to operate successfully.

    • Municipalities need to know the state will not stand in the way of local, evidence-based public health efforts. Providers need to know working at a center will not jeopardize their professional license. Clients need to know they will not face legal consequences for utilizing a site.

    • This bill establishes a 10 year pilot program of overdose prevention centers that require approval by local boards of health

    common questions:

    Won't Single-payer Healthcare cost too much?

    No, in fact a Single-payer healthcare system will save up to $21 billion per year. Much of that cost savings come from reduced insurance company overhead. Instead of paying premiums, co-pays, and a litany of other confusing charges, you will pay a small tax -- smaller than what you're already paying for healthcare.

    Will Medicare for All increase wait times and result in rationing care?

    No. Studies show that countries with universal single-payer health care systems have on average lower wait times than the United States. Patients are also no longer restricted to seeking care from providers that are in their insurance network, so the range of options patients enjoy are larger under a single-payer system. This enables providers to be able to keep up with demand, instead of having to work around the artificial limits that insurance companies place on patients and providers.

    learn more:

    Mass Care: Massachusetts Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare

    Western Mass Medicare for All

    Healthcare-Now! (National Medicare for All)