Stan interviews League of Women Voters of Amherst Health Care Committee members Diana Stein and Barbara Pearson.
Stein and Pearson are part of a regional League of Women Voters group which is working to promote state legislation. Pending bills would create the administrative structure necessary for "Single Payer" health care in the Commonwealth, to provide total insurance coverage without co-payments. It would enable patients to see any licensed in-state provider, and to receive out-of-state emergency care.
Further information on the proposed legislation is here: https://www.masscare.org/legislation
Bills co-sponsored by state Sen. Jo Comerford, D-Northampton, and Rep. Mindy Domb, D- Amherst, among others, are before the Joint Committee on Health Care financing.
The legislation would establish a healthcare trust, funded in part through a stable payroll tax, which proponents claim would be less costly for most residents, businesses and municipalities than their current insurance costs.
More than 40% of the state budget currently goes to pay health insurance expenses, while the Town of Amherst spends $9 million, or a little more than 10% of its $85 million annual budget for health insurance for employees and retirees, Stein and Pearson said. Amherst could reduce health insurance spending by more than 50% under the proposed legislation, they said, in part through reduced costs for billing advertising.
Stein and Pearson are working with Amherst Town Councilor
Pat De Angelis (District 2) to bring a resolution in favor of "Medicare for All" to an upcoming Town Council meeting.
The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts supports single payer health care, and measures to improve access and reduce medical expenses. These issues are among the LVMA's 2019-2020 targets for advocacy and legislative action.
Description courtesy of the Amherst League of Women Voters.
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