Legislation

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HEALTHCARE

An Act establishing Medicare for all in Massachusetts (H.1194)

With rising healthcare costs making health care inaccesible and unaffordable, a single-payer health care system is the way forward. This bill would remove profit-driven health insurance companies as the barrier between patients and providers, and instead allow the government to reimburse health care providers directly.

An Act to establish health equity for pregnant persons (H.1102)

This bill ensures that full-spectrum pregnancy and abortion care are not subject to any deductible, coinsurance, copayment or any other cost-sharing requirement that would place unreasonable restrictions or delays in the health coverage for pregnant persons.

An Act relative to Medicaid coverage for doula services (H.1182)

This bill would ensure doula services are covered by private insurance and by MassHealth after doulas have completed all training necessary to be a certified doula. This bill would also establish a statewide registry of perinatal doulas.

An Act assuring prompt access to healthcare (H.1101)

Too often, patients with high deductible plans who suffer from chronic illness skip primary care visits, only to end up in the emergency room when their situation becomes acute. This bill would require medically-appropriate out-patient evaluation and management services to be part of a basic benefits package that does not require a deductible, saving money over time and ensuring patients access the care they need.

An Act providing for the establishment of a drug cost review commission (H.1193)

This bill would create a commission that would protect state residents, state and local governments, commercial health plans, health care providers, pharmacies licensed in the state, and other stakeholders within the healthcare system from excessive cost of prescription drugs. The commission would be an independent public entity, not subject to the supervision and control of any other executive office, department, commission, board, bureau, agency or political subdivision.

An Act to require public universities to provide medication abortion (HD.3658)

Medication abortion is the use of two pills to induce an abortion, and is one of the safest medical treatments available. This bill would require public universities which have student health centers on campus to provide medication abortions, making basic health care accessible to students who currently face numerous barriers to access.


Worker's Rights

An Act promoting equality and respect in the legislature (HD.2713)

In order to create a truly safe, confidential, and independent vehicle for survivors of sexual harassment and assault within the State House, this bill would create an independent commission to investigate and report on all complaints.

An Act relative to unemployment compensation and labor disputes (H.1662)

This bill would allow workers who are locked out during labor disputes to receive unemployment benefits.

An Act relative to wrongful discharge from employment (H.1685)

This bill would end “at will” employment, requiring employers to provide just cause for termination.


CRIMINAL JUSTICE

An Act to track the implementation of the Brangan ruling (H.1551)

Currently, there is no data collection requirement for the Brangan rule, which requires judges to consider a defendant’s economic circumstances when setting bail and to either set affordable bail or to state clear reasons why unaffordable bail is necessary to assure the defendant’s return to court. This bill would require bail amounts, as well as charges, to be reported to the Committee for Public Counsel Services so that the data may be tracked to ensure proper implementation of the above ruling.


PEACE AND JUSTICE

Resolutions Relative to the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (H.3240)

The bill calls on our federal leaders to embrace the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and make nuclear disarmament the centerpiece of our national security policy. This bill also calls upon our federal leaders and our nation to spearhead a global effort to prevent nuclear war by renouncing the option of using nuclear weapons first, and calls on the clerk to relay this information to federal leaders.

Resolve creating a citizens commission concerning the commonwealth of Massachusetts being in alignment with the UN treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons (H.3239)

This resolution would create a non-partisan Citizens Commission to advance the intention of the commonwealth of Massachusetts to be in alignment with the 2017 UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Resolve providing for the creation of a special commission relative to the seal and motto of the Commonwealth (H.2776)

This bill would create a special commission to investigate the features of the official seal and motto of the Commonwealth including those which potentially have been unwittingly harmful to or misunderstood by the citizens of the commonwealth.