Senator Welch Attends Oversight Hearing Concerning the Group Insurance Commission

On January 31, 2018 the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, along with the Senate Chairs of the Committees on Health Care Financing and Public Service, held an oversight hearing concerning the Group Insurance Commission’s decision to eliminate health plans offered to state employees. Senator Welch attended this hearing in both his capacity as the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing and a member of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. Senator Welch made it a priority to review not just the decision made by the GIC, but the lack of transparency in the process leading up to this decision. After pressure from numerous parties, including the Senate, the GIC voted to reconsider its plan on February 1, 2018.

Senator Welch and Senator Lesser Attend Annual Veterans Service Officers Annual Luncheon

Senator Welch attended this year’s Veterans Service Officers Annual Luncheon on January 24, 2018. During the luncheon Senator Welch and Senator Lesser met with Veterans Service Officers from Western Mass, including Chicopee’s Stephanie Shaw (pictured).

Senator Welch Speaks with UMass Medical Students at Baystate

Senator Welch stopped by the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Baystate campus to speak with medical students on January 11, 2018. Senator Welch spoke with medical students in the PURCH program which teaches the students not only about caring for and treating patients, but also how to advocate for health care issues.

Welch Amendment Protecting Patients from Surprise Bills for Out-of-Network Care Passes Senate

BOSTON – The Senate on Thursday adopted an amendment filed by Senator James T. Welch (D-West Springfield) to the Senate Ways and Means Committee’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal which would create more transparency around prices to patients and protect them from financial hardship when they are cared for unexpectedly by a provider that is not covered by their insurance.

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Senator Welch Attends Groundbreaking for Van Horn Dam Project

Senator Welch joined Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, Congressman Richard Neal, and others at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Van Horn Dam project in Springfield on October 28. The project will serve as a flood protection measure for Springfield and will be funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, MassMutual Financial Group, and the City of Springfield.

 

Senator Welch Speaks at The Massachusetts Health Connector’s Hidden Gems Tour in Springfield

 

The Hidden Gems tour to kick off the Health Connector’s Open Enrollment, which goes November 1, 2016- January 1, 2017, made a stop in Springfield on October 25. To find out more about Open Enrollment please visit the Health Connector’s website here.

 

Provider Price Variation Commission Holds First Meeting at the State House

Senator Welch and Representative Jeffrey Sanchez of Boston lead the first meeting of the newly formed Provider Price Variation Commission, whose goal is to identify the factors contributing to price variation in physician, hospital, diagnostic testing, and ancillary services. Watch more about the commission here, courtesy of 22WWLP.

Senate Passes Bill to Encourage Economic Development

BOSTON—Yesterday the Senate passed comprehensive economic development legislation including investments, initiatives and incentives to promote development and workforce training, create jobs and stimulate the Commonwealth’s economy. The legislation strengthens existing programs and authorizes $743.9M in capital spending over a period of three years for a range of economic development initiatives supporting workers, businesses and communities.

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