State Budget

The Massachusetts House, Senate and Joint Ways & Means Committees consider all matters relating to the finances of the Commonwealth. MHA educates, collaborates and otherwise works with members of these committees, and advocates on behalf of MHA members, to address state funding issues of concern to the hospital, health system, and healthcare provider communities.  The association closely monitors the state budget process throughout the legislative session.

Governor Signs Budget and Tobacco Bill

Posted on 7/30/2018
Last Thursday, Governor Charlie Baker signed the $41.7 billion FY19 state budget.

Proposed State Budget Passes Legislature, Sent to Governor

Posted on 7/23/2018
The Massachusetts Legislature approved a $41.88 billion FY2019 state budget last Wednesday and sent it to Governor Baker.

Senate Budget Debate Begins; MHA Suggests Two Amendments

Posted on 5/21/2018
Debate on the Massachusetts Senate’s budget proposal begins tomorrow and MHA has two priority amendment.

Three Hospital Priorities for FY2019 House Budget Debate

Posted on 4/23/2018
Debate begins today on the Massachusetts House Ways & Means Committee’s state budget proposal for FY 2019.

House Budget Provides Support for DSH and Safety Net

Posted on 4/16/2018
The Massachusetts House Ways & Means Committee released its proposed FY19 state budget last Wednesday, and a preliminary review of it shows that the budget writers were responsive to some key hospital priorities.

House Ways & Means Committee FY2019 Budget Expected This Week

Posted on 4/9/2018
The House Ways & Means Committee version of the FY2019 state budget is expected to be released by the committee this Wednesday.

FY19 Budget Priorities for House Ways & Means Committee

Posted on 3/5/2018
MHA weighed in with the House Ways & Means Committee as it prepares to take the next step in the state’s budget process.

SB1174 etal Omnibus Healthcare Facilities Testimony

Posted on 12/19/2017
SB1174, HB1181/SB1183, SB1269, HB1136, HB1137, HB1207, HB3250, SB1248, SB1270, HB1175, HB1197, SB1230, HB2441, HB2477, HB3514, SB1212, SB1234 Healthcare Facilities


Posted on 10/31/2017
An Act Furthering Health Empowerment and Affordability by Leveraging Transformative Health Care (the HEALTH Act)

Legislature Acts on a Public Health Threat: Weapons

Posted on 10/16/2017
This week, both branches of the legislature adopted provisions in separate supplemental budgets that would ban devices attached to a firearm that are designed to increase the weapon’s rate of discharge.

Bringing Good Dental Care to Underserved Areas

Posted on 9/18/2017
The Joint Committee on Public Health on Tuesday heard testimony on a bill that would create a new level of dental practice – Advance Dental Hygiene Practitioners (ADHP).

House Votes on MHA Budget Priority to Restore MassHealth Funding

Posted on 9/18/2017
The Massachusetts House on Wednesday voted to restore the $220 million to MassHealth that Governor Charlie Baker had vetoed out of the $39.4 billion state budget he had signed in July.

MHA Urges Collective Effort on MassHealth

Posted on 7/31/2017
Governor Baker’s MassHealth reform package, which he coupled with an increase in the per-worker assessment employers pay, suffered a setback last week.

MHA Weighs In On FY2018 Mass. House Budget

Posted on 4/3/2017
With the Massachusetts House’s budget proposal for FY18 expected to be filed the week of April 10, MHA has been on Beacon Hill advocating for a number of priorities on behalf of the hospital community.


Click on the links below to see The Massachusetts Behavioral Health System Report: Implications of Mandated Nurse Staffing Ratios (August 2018).

Click on the links below for easy access to important information related to state healthcare issues and advocacy.
Visit the Commonwealth of Massachusetts websites below to find information on legislative hearings and other meetings of interest to the healthcare community.
To guide your navigation of the legislative process and assist your advocacy efforts, please visit the following state websites:
MHA has also developed the following documents for your information and benefit: