June 5, 2019
Submitted by: Molly Sullivan
Rasky Partners, Inc.
Earlier this month, Mass AFP’s priority legislation, An Act to Improve Access to Family Physicians was heard before the Joint Committee on Public Health. This bill aims to create a state-level primary care grant program to fund new family medicine residency positions at the state’s existing family medicine residency programs. This grant program would aim to increase the number of family physicians in Massachusetts, particularly in underserved parts of Massachusetts with limited primary care access.
Jen Sparks, President of the Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians testified before the committee on behalf of the legislation. The Joint Committee on Public Health is chaired by Senator Jo Comerford (D-Northampton) and Representative John Mahoney (D-Worcester). Both Senator Comerford and Representative Mahoney are chairing this committee for the first time this session.
Members of MassAFP also submitted written testimony in an effort to move the bill forward in the legislative process. Last session the language was far along in the legislative process, but ultimately died when efforts to pass a comprehensive health care bill failed to pass. We expect that a new omnibus bill on healthcare will once again be on the table later this session.