Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Massachusetts is a national leader in health care with over 98% of its residents insured; and

Whereas Increased cooperation between the public and private sectors in the area of health care, in conjunction with informed individuals can lead to better healthcare decisions and lower costs for all; and

Whereas Promoting transparency, by providing information to consumers, payers, and employers about their choices, allows the opportunity to select the highest quality care at the lowest cost; and

Whereas Innovative approaches to health care delivery and payment models, such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), create incentives for providers, hospitals and doctors to better coordinate patient care in order to improve the overall health of patients; and

Whereas Through cooperation between health care professionals, policy makers and residents, Massachusetts is determined to achieve affordable and accessible coverage for our residents,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim March 26th-30th, 2012,  to be

Consumer Driven Health Improvement Week

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty-second day of March, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

By His Excellency                  

Deval L. Patrick                       
Governor of the Commonwealth       

William Francis Galvin          
Secretary of the Commonwealth 

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts