Following the sudden death of my colleague in February, I was called upon to lead the Committee on Health Care Financing in an effort to continue his work and craft a piece of legislation that bears the name of the late Rep. Peter V. Kocot. Over the last five months that this bill was crafted, I worked with colleagues, patient advocates, community hospitals, physicians, pharmaceutical companies, government officials, and other groups to finish what he started and help us deliver more sustainable methods of improving health care in Massachusetts.
It was a great honor to be a part of the team that delivered a 160 page reform bill which addresses some of the most pressing concerns in our health care system today – price variation, unnecessary cost growth, consumer engagement, and greater transparency. The bill also harnesses technology and innovation to improve the delivery of care. Massachusetts continues to be a leader in health care and public health areas and this bill will indeed move us further along towards increased accessibility, higher quality, and more affordable health care for all. You will find more details on the bill byclicking here. Click on the image above to watch the video of my floor remarks on the bill.
I hope you and your family had a wonderful July 4th holiday, and I look forward to our continued work together.