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The Constitutional Amendment for Affordable Health Care Coverage


  • Ensure that every Massachusetts resident would have access to the health care they need when they need it.
  • Require the Legislature and Governor to enact laws that made sure every Massachusetts resident has affordable, comprehensive and fairly financed health insurance.
  • Cover medically necessary health and mental health services including prescription medications and supplies.


  • Require that the state become the insurer.
  • Specify any particular mechanism, public or private, for financing expanded coverage.
  • Involve the courts in micromanaging our health care system.


  • Massachusetts has over 600,000 residents—most of whom work or are members of working families—without insurance, who are often unable to get the care they need, and who suffer needlessly as a result.
  • Skyrocketing health care costs threaten those with insurance as the state tries to balance the budget and employers, faced with higher premiums, are forced to raise employee contributions or cut health benefits.
  • Providers, including doctors, home health care agencies, hospitals and nursing homes are feeling the funding crunch from reimbursement cuts and increased paperwork requirements. Some have closed; many more are running in the red.
  • Despite decades of debate, there has been no meaningful action.


  • Every state resident should have affordable health insurance so they can get medically necessary care, medications and supplies in a timely manner.
  • Every resident should have access to high quality care to guarantee the best possible health outcomes and the best use of our health care dollars.
  • Health insurance should be affordable and fairly financed to ensure access and an end to wasteful and unfair cost shifting.
  • Rising costs must be contained.
  • Expanded coverage can be financed through administrative streamlining and access to high quality, cost-effective care for all Massachusetts residents.
  • We don't need more money; we need to be smarter about how we spend our health care dollars.
  • Medical research and innovation that ensures quality care, cost-effective care and which is a major driver of economic growth must be promoted


  • Fall, 2003: Collected 71,385 certified signatures from enthusiastic Massachusetts voters requesting that this citizen initiative be put before the Legislature for its consideration.
  • July, 2004: Got the 25% approval of the 2003-2004 Constitutional Convention by a vote of 153-41 - over three times the number of votes needed (50) to refer the Amendment to the next Constitutional Convention.
  • 2005-2006: Need approval by 25% of the 2005-2006 Constitutional Convention - requires at least 50 legislators to vote YES.
  • November 2006: Ratification requires a majority of voters to vote in favor of the Amendment on the ballot.

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