S 778 – MassachusettsStatus: Inactive / Dead
Year Introduced: 2021
For legislation relative to hospital closures and health planning. There shall be a health planning council within the executive office of health and human services whose purpose shall be to develop and periodically update a state health plan as described in this section. The council shall consist of the secretary of health and human services or a designee who shall serve as chair, the commissioner of public health or a designee, the director of the office of Medicaid or a designee, the commissioner of mental health or a designee, the secretary of elder affairs or a designee, the executive director of the center for health information and analysis or a designee, the executive director of the health policy commission or a designee and 3 members appointed by the governor, 1 of whom shall be a health economist; 1 of whom shall have experience in health policy and planning and 1 of whom shall have experience in health care market planning and service line analysis. The council shall assemble an advisory committee of not more than 13 members who shall reflect a broad distribution of diverse perspectives on the health care system, including health care providers and provider organizations, community health centers, academic institutions, health care workforce development expertise, third-party payers, both public and private, consumer representatives and labor organizations representing health care workers. The advisory committee shall review drafts and provide recommendations to the council for the development and each periodic update of the plan.
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