For Immediate Release - May 01, 2015

AG Healey Appoints Martin Cohen to Health Policy Commission Board

President and CEO of Health Foundation Brings Extensive Expertise to Commission as Behavioral Health Expert

BOSTON – Attorney General Maura Healey has appointed Martin D. Cohen to the board of the Health Policy Commission (HPC) as its behavioral health expert. A trained social worker and President and CEO of the MetroWest Health Foundation, Inc., Cohen has devoted his nearly forty-year career to behavioral health policy and meeting the behavioral health needs of communities in the Commonwealth and elsewhere.

“The Health Policy Commission plays an important role in developing ways to reduce health care costs and improve the quality of care for patients in Massachusetts,” AG Healey said. “Marty brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this position and will be an asset to the vital work of this commission. I am confident that Marty will be an effective voice in advocating for patients with behavioral health needs as we implement health policy across the Commonwealth.”

Cohen is the founding CEO and President of the MetroWest Health Foundation, Inc., a community health organization that provides grants and other support to address the health needs of communities west of Boston. Previously, Cohen founded and served as the Executive Director of Technical Assistance Collaborative, Inc., a non-profit organization providing consultation, strategic planning and technical assistance to state and county governments in the delivery of behavioral health services.

He previously worked on mental health programs at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Mental Health for Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Human Services. He also developed the first statewide licensing program for community-based mental health and developmental disability programs while at the Department of Mental Health. A Needham resident, Cohen received his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology as well as his Masters in Social Work from Boston University.

“The Health Policy Commission is excited to welcome Martin Cohen, President and CEO of the MetroWest Health Foundation, to its Board of Commissioners. Martin brings an incredible amount of knowledge and experience that will help the HPC move forward in its task of reducing health care costs, while improving the quality of patient care in the Commonwealth,” said Dr. Stuart Altman, Chairman of the Health Policy Commission. “HPC has set an aggressive agenda for 2015, including its work to create Accountable Care Organization and Patient Center Medical Home Certification programs, continuing to make behavioral health a top priority across all of its initiatives, and meeting legislative mandates and milestones. HPC looks forward to working with Martin to achieve these goals and help make the Commonwealth stronger in the long term.”

The HPC board governs the activities of the HPC, which is an independent state agency that develops policy to reduce health care cost growth and improve the quality of patient care. Among other initiatives, the HPC is responsible for monitoring the performance of the health care system, analyzing the impact of health care market transactions on cost, quality and access, setting the health care cost growth benchmark, and investing in community care delivery. 

Earlier this month, AG Healey and House Majority Leader Ron Mariano (D – Quincy) filed legislation to strengthen the efforts of the AG’s Office and the HPC to protect consumers from higher health care prices and other negative impacts from changes in the healthcare marketplace. The bill strengthens the impact of the HPC’s Cost and Market Impact Reviews by designating reviews referred to the AG as evidence that a proposed merger or acquisition is a violation of the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act.