Massachusetts Health Care Reform

All Massachusetts residents are required to maintain health insurance. Health care reform works to improve the cost and quality of health care. You can see a comprehensive list at Healthcare Reform .

National Health Care Reform

In March 2010, this country witnessed an historic achievement: the passage of the most important federal health reform since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, or PPACA, will create the biggest expansion of health care coverage, making health insurance accessible to millions of people who currently are uninsured. PPACA also protects individuals from insurance industry discrimination and moves the nation toward health care cost containment, which will enable us to afford expanded access to health insurance. See more information at

The Health Policy Commission

The Commonwealth's 2012 health care cost containment bill established the HPC as an independent state agency that monitors the reform of the health care delivery and payment systems in Massachusetts and develops health policy to reduce overall cost growth while improving the quality of patient care.


The EOHHS Virtual Gateway

The Virtual Gateway is an Internet portal designed to provide the general public, medical providers, community-based organizations and EOHHS staff with online access to health and human services.

The Commonwealth Connector

The Commonwealth Connector is an independent state agency that helps Massachusetts residents find the right health plan and avoid tax penalties. Most Massachusetts adults are now required to have health insurance. The Connector helps determine what that health insurance should cover to meet that requirement.


The MassHealth program provides comprehensive health insurance-or help in paying for private health insurance-to more than one million Massachusetts children, families, seniors, and people with disabilities.

Department of Public Health

The Department of Public Health (DPH) serves all the people in the Commonwealth, particularly the under served, and promotes healthy people, healthy families, healthy communities, and healthy environments through compassionate care, education and prevention.

Department of Mental Health

The Department of Mental Health (DMH), as the State Mental Health Authority, assures and provides access to services and supports to meet the mental health needs of individuals of all ages, enabling them to live, work and participate in their communities.

Division of Insurance

The Division of Insurance (DOI) monitors the solvency of its licensees in order to promote a healthy, responsive and willing marketplace for consumers who purchase insurance products. The DOI provides the public with information regarding various types of insurance.

Find a Local Hospital or Community Health Center

To find a local hospital please visit the Massachusetts Hospital Association, To find a local community health center, please visit the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers,, for more information.