Governor Deval Patrick, joined by Secretary Jay Gonzalez, Secretary JudyAnn Bigby, Rep. Steven Walsh, Rep. Ronald Mariano,  Attorney General Martha Coakley, Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, signs the health care cost containment bill in Nurses' Hall.
Governor Deval Patrick, joined by Secretary Jay Gonzalez, Secretary JudyAnn Bigby, Rep. Steven Walsh, Rep. Ronald Mariano, Attorney General Martha Coakley and Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, signs the health care cost containment bill in Nurses' Hall. (Photo Credit: Eric Haynes / Governor's Office) 

On August 6, 2012 Governor Patrick launched the next phase of health care reform, signing legislation that builds on the Commonwealth's nation-leading access to care through landmark measures that will lower costs and make quality, affordable care a reality for all Massachusetts residents. Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012, set to become effective on November 5, 2012, is projected to result in savings of nearly $200 billion over 15 years - savings that will be passed along to government, businesses and families.  That is why “cracking the code” on health care costs is essential for the long-term economic competitiveness of Massachusetts and why the successful implementation of this law is a top priority for the Patrick-Murray Administration.  

This website includes information on the law, notice of upcoming events and a single portal for connecting with other health care related state agencies, authorities and commissions. In the coming weeks additional resources will be added to this site describing timelines of when specific provisions go into effect and how these efforts will benefit Massachusetts businesses, consumers and health care providers. Stakeholder groups are encouraged to share this website with their constituents as a valuable resource to understand health care cost containment and the implementation process in Massachusetts.