The annual health care cost trends hearing is a public event at which elected officials, policymakers, researchers, and health care market participants convene to address challenges and discuss opportunities for improving care and reducing costs in the Commonwealth. The prominent, two-day hearing features live testimony from top health care executives, industry leaders, and government officials. Questions are posed from Massachusetts and national health care experts about the state’s performance under the Health Care Cost Growth Benchmark, the drivers of health care costs, and other health care reform efforts. Information about past hearings is located below.
2020 Cost Trends Hearing: COVID-19 and the Massachusetts Health Care System – Assessing Impact, Advancing Equity
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 / 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
The 2020 Cost Trends Hearing featured two panels comprised of health care stakeholders and policymakers engaged in discussion with the HPC's 11-member Board of Commissioners.
This year’s hearing featured Dr. David R. Williams as the keynote speaker. Dr. Williams is an internationally recognized social scientist focused on social influences of health and professor at Harvard University. He is the Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health, Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a Professor of African and African American Studies and Sociology at Harvard University.
2020 Cost Trends Hearing Agenda
2020 Cost Trends Hearing Program Booklet
Watch the recording
Governor Charlie Baker's Remarks
Healing Together: Voices of the Commonwealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Keynote Presentation Slides - David Williams
Keynote Presentation Recording - David Williams
Attorney General Maura Healey's Remarks