Massachusetts Single Payer Legislation

Mass-Care is supporting two pieces of single payer legislation for the 2012-2013 legislative session. The first, “An Act to Ensure Effective Health Care Cost Control” (H. 1053, S. 572) would require the state every year to compare our total health care spending with our projected health care spending if the Commonwealth implemented a single payer health care system; if after several years the “Single Payer Benchmark” outperformed our actual health care spending, the state would be responsible for developing a single payer implementation plan and submitting it to the Legislature. The second, “An Act for Improved Medicare for All in Massachusetts: Providing Guaranteed, Affordable Health Care” (H. 1035, S. 515) would immediately begin implementation of a single payer health care system for Massachusetts.