Legislative Priorities 2021-2022

HCFA’s Legislative Priorities List 2021-2022

Click here for a fact sheet with a list of HCFA’s top 2021-2022 legislative priories

Additional analysis of each legislative priority can be seen below.

An Act to ensure more affordable care

(HB 1247/SB 782)

This bill would make medications and treatments for chronic conditions available without cost, create a program to lower premiums for individuals and small businesses and push back on insurance cost increases.

Ask your legislators to sponsor these bills

The MAC Act Fact Sheet

Hospital Transparency Fact Sheet

An Act to ensure transparency for high-cost hospitals (SB 783)

This bill would require more transparency about how much hospitals contribute to health care costs faced by individuals and families

Ask your legislators to sponsor this bill

An Act to ensure prescription drug cost transparency and affordability (HB 729) and An Act relative to pharmaceutical access, costs and transparency (SB 771)

This bill would address high and rising prescription drug costs and help individuals and families afford critical chronic disease medications.

Ask your legislators to sponsor these bills

Prescription Drug Affordability Fact Sheet

Prior Authorization Fact Sheet

An Act to improve the health insurance prior authorization process (HB 1200 / SB637)

This bill would simplify the prior authorization process to provide timely, safe and affordable access to evidence-based care.

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An Act relative to expanding equitable access to maternal postpartum care (HB 1297 / SB 799)

This bill would direct MassHealth to seek approval from the federal government to extend postpartum coverage from 60 days to 12 months, ensuring continuity of care during this critical time.

Ask your legislators to sponsor these bills

Maternal Postpartum Coverage Fact Sheet

Coverage for Immigrant Children Fact Sheet

An Act to ensure equitable health coverage for children (HB 1309/SB 762) and An Act to ensure equitable access to health coverage for children with disabilities (HB 1310/SB 763)

These bills would expand comprehensive MassHealth coverage to children and young adults whose only eligibility barrier is immigration status.

Ask your legislators to sponsor these bills

An Act establishing an oral health special commission and needs assessment (HB 2320/SB 1378)

This bill would establish a special commission chaired by the Department of Public Health to conduct an oral health needs assessment and provide recommendations to improve access to oral health services.

Ask your legislators to sponsor these bills

Oral Health Needs Assessment Fact Sheet