Senator Welch Receives Committee Assignments

Continues as Senate Chairman of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing

BOSTON – State Senator James T. Welch (D-West Springfield) will continue to serve as the Senate chairman of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Health Care Financing during the 190th session of the General Court, after being appointed to this role by Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg (D-Amherst).

“I look forward to continuing my work in this important and complex area of policy,” said Welch. “The health care industry not only affects each individual resident of Massachusetts, but is also a critical part of the state’s economy. With uncertainty on the federal level and a strong interest among policy makers to address health care cost-containment, I know this will be an exciting and challenging time for me and my colleagues on this committee.”

The Committee on Health Care Financing examines legislation relative to funding for health care programs, Medicaid, MassHealth and other fiscal matters relating to health policy.

In his role as Health Care Financing chairman, Welch co-chairs the Special Commission to Review Variation in Prices among Providers. The 23-member Commission has been meeting since September of 2016 to study the factors that contribute to different prices for hospital, physician, and other services and will issue final recommendations in mid-March.

Additionally, Welch is leading a Senate initiative to study healthcare cost-containment efforts in other states. Senators and members of Governor Baker’s administration traveled to Minnesota late last year, and are currently holding in-person and virtual meetings with groups from Oregon, Washington, and Texas. These meetings are funded and organized by the Milbank Memorial Foundation.

Welch will be the Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Post Audit & Oversight. He was also named as a member of the Senate Committees on Rules and Redistricting, and of the Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy.