MPHA Budget Priorities Fare Well in Senate Ways and Means Budget-- Opportunity to take action on other key health equity programs
Senate Ways and Means (SWM) released its FY19 budget last Wednesday, May 9th, which included requested funding or language for the Massachusetts Food Trust, Bureau of Environmental Health, Mass in Motion, Regional Transit Authorities, and the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services as well as increased funding for the Healthy Incentives Program and Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program.
In addition, the SWM budget included funding for environmental justice staff within the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Earlier this year, MPHA endorsed the
Massachusetts Environmental Justice Act
, a bill that would codify into law the Patrick Administration Executive Order for coordinated and sustained effort by state agencies to advance environmental justice.
While MPHA is pleased with the overall SWM budget, it did not include the full ask for the Healthy Incentives Program or Diversion to Treatment and included cuts to the Bureau of Health Promotion and the Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program. You can help support funding for these important programs by contacting your State Senator today and asking him or her to co-sponsor amendments listed
To take action for health equity in the Senate Budget, click here.