On Beacon Hill: Mass. health czar calls Mosaic-linked Wellness Fund ‘future’

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From State House News Service

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State health commissioner sees Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund as ‘future of health care’

About a year before funding is set to expire for a state trust fund aimed at preventing chronic health conditions, community health organizations and other stakeholders shared with lawmakers their success stories and concerns about what could happen when the program ends.

The state Public Health Committee meets to discuss progress in the Mosaic-linked Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund, which seeks to mobilize community groups and expand health care to underserved populations.

Antonio Caban / State House News Service

The state Public Health Committee meets to discuss progress in the Mosaic-linked Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund, which seeks to mobilize community groups and expand health care to underserved populations.

The Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund was established as part of a 2012 health care cost containment law and funded with $60 million over four years through an assessment on health insurers and large hospital systems. The fund allocated money to nine local partnerships that focus on pediatric asthma, hypertension, falls in older adults, and tobacco use.

“We will not successfully reach our goals of improving health outcomes and reducing costs, especially for those who are at risk of chronic disease, without building our public health capacity and linking it to our health care system in a coordinated way,” state Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel told the Joint Committee on Public Health during an informational hearing Tuesday, June 14. “This is the future of health care, and this is why the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund is so important.”


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