During the ongoing budget debate, I was proud to stand with Mass Senior Action Council and sponsor Amendment #579 to expand access to the Medicare Savings Program to those with income up to 200% of the federal poverty line. While this amendment didn't make it into this year's budget, I can promise you this: our fight is not over.
Everyone deserves access to affordable health care, but our current system leaves out so many, particularly our senior citizens with fixed, low incomes. Rest assured, I will continue this fight to the support our seniors. All members of our community need to live healthy lives without worrying that a trip to the doctor's may mean they can't pay their rent or they may have to skip a meal.
I'm proud to have so many incredible colleagues with me in this fight, and would like to extend my deepest thanks to each and every Representative who signed on to sponsor this amendment. Your support in this fight is invaluable, and I look forward to working with you all next session to ensure our seniors have the access to affordable health care that every resident of our Commonwealth deserves.
Thank you again to all my cosponsors, listed here: Christine Barber - State Representative, Representative John Barrett, State Representative Pete Capano, State Representative Paul Donato, Carmine Gentile for State Representative, 13th Middlesex District, Representative Jonathan Hecht, Representative Mary Keefe, Representative Jack Patrick Lewis, State Representative Kate Lipper-Garabedian, Representative Jay Livingstone, MA State Rep. Tram T. Nguyen, Representative Denise Provost, Dave Robertson for State Rep, State Representative Dan Sena, Elect Michelle DuBois, State Representative Tommy Vitolo, Tami Gouveia, State Representative, 14th Middlesex, State Representative Brian W. Murray, Rep. Dan Cahill, Representative Jon Santiago, Representative Bud L. Williams, Rep Marcos Devers, State Representative Carol Doherty, David LeBoeuf, State Representative, State Representative Nika Elugardo, State Representative Susannah Whipps, Representative Paul McMurtry, Carlos Gonzalez State Representative, Colleen Garry State Representative, Representative Sean Garballey, Representative Kay Khan, Representative Dave Rogers, State Rep. Mike Connolly, State Representative Brian Ashe, State Representative Angelo J . Puppolo, Jr., State Representative Natalie Higgins, Aaron Vega State Rep, Representative Jose Tosado, State Rep. Kathy LaNatra, Representative Tom Stanley, Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier, and State Rep. Michelle Ciccolo