HEALTH CARE UPDATE: Victory in the Senate, taking the first step toward increasing access to health care for over 50,000 seniors across the Commonwealth
What did we win?
- On Thursday, 11/9, the MA Senate approved our proposal to increase participation in Medicare Savings Programs!
- Medicare Savings Programs are a sweet deal to contain costs because they require no new spending! It facilitates a smarter use of existing state spending by shifting it to programs that leverage federal funding. Every dollar the state moves into MSPs will pull down 7 additional federal dollars that will go directly to senior health care costs. This will be a huge increase in the amount of money going toward senior health care.
- 6 in 10 seniors living alone in MA do not have the income to meet their basic needs. This change will allow over 50,000 "near-poor" seniors to feel relief from having to choose between food, rent, and medical expenses.
July 29, 2017: Boston Globe features stories shared by several MSAC members of having to choose between health care and other basic necessities. Elder economic insecurity has reached a point of crisis in Massachusetts, and seniors are saying, "Enough!"
We Don't Just Take It, We Take Charge!
Massachusetts Senior Action Council is a statewide, grassroots, senior-run organization that empowers its members to collectively address key public policy and community issues that affect their health and well-being.