The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) is the Commonwealth's principle health agency, leading efforts to improve wellness and the quality of care for all residents. Our role is multi-faceted. EOHHS develops policies that govern how the state funds and delivers health services. Through MassHealth, we provide comprehensive health insurance (or help in paying for private health insurance) to 1.3 million residents. As a provider, we operate health facilities that provide acute and chronic medical care, outpatient services to veterans, and mental health services to individuals of all ages. In our role as the state's public health authority, we promote public health in the areas of communicable diseases, community health access, emergency preparedness, environmental health, family health and nutrition, health care safety, and health care quality.

Massachusetts is the United States’ leader in its efforts to reform the health care system and broaden access to care. As the first state to achieve near universal health care coverage, we now lead the nation in insuring our population, with more than 98 percent of residents insured. However, our work is far from complete. We continue to make high-quality, affordable health care available to all residents while pursuing innovative strategies to reduce health care costs.

Massachusetts is also a pioneer in its efforts to reform the health care delivery system in order to provide integrated care for high risk populations and for those with chronic disease including mental, behavioral, and substance use disorders. This includes initiatives such as the Children's Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI), the Patient Centered Medical Home Initiative and the program to integrate services for individuals dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare.

To advance this priority, EOHHS has launched a number of activities. Select key activities are highlighted below.

Strategic goals supporting Health Care Access, Quality, and Affordability

Goal 1: Maintain access to health care and reduce disparities in access

Goal 2: Improve the quality of health care in all clinical settings

Goal 3: Reduce health care costs through system redesign, payment reform, and the use of HIT

Goal 4: Improve care coordination for high risk populations: people with chronic disease, disabilities, and behavioral and substance use disorders

Goal 5: Improve the health of individuals, families and communities

This information is from the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.