BOSTON-On Nov. 9, Senator Friedman joined her colleagues in the Senate to pass sweeping healthcare reform legislation S.2022, An Act Furthering Health Empowerment and Affordability by Leveraging Transformative Health Care. The HEALTH Act, which passed by a vote of 33-6, focuses on both short and long-term goals on how to fix our healthcare system to lower costs, improve outcomes, and maintain access.
“This robust legislation takes necessary steps to contain healthcare costs for everyone while continuing to deliver quality care and access to services,” said Senator Friedman (D-Arlington). “I’m very pleased that the final version of the bill included several of my amendments related to improving access to mental health and substance use disorder treatment. Going forward, we have to continue to work together to level the playing field and look for ways to ensure that someone with an acute behavioral health condition has the same access to healthcare coverage as an individual with medical and surgical needs.”