“If you or anyone you know has interest in serving on a committee or working with us in this administration, I encourage you to get involved. I will say out loud, we are not above poaching. So if you have talent, be prepared to share.”
—Lt. Governor-Elect Kim Driscoll, head of the Maura Healey transition team planning for the transition from the Baker Administration to the Healey Administration.
“The pandemic proved beyond all doubt that our parks are essential for our physical and mental well-being. It’s long past time to treat them that way. We truly appreciate the progress we have made over the last year, but it will take at least another decade of similar support to erase what took a decade to break.”
— Massachusetts Conservation Voters executive director Doug Pizzi who along with more than 50 organizations is calling for major improvements at Massachusetts state parks.
“The pandemic has exacerbated workforce shortages across the health care and human services sector in both the public and private markets, placing significant stress on our health care providers, their staff and our Massachusetts residents seeking care. Through this program, we are providing tangible support to sustain them in this high demand work.”
— Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders on the Baker Administration’s plans to implement a $130 million loan repayment program to support and retain the behavioral health and primary care workforce.
“Our earlier work found disappointing compliance with Massachusetts’ 2012 healthcare price transparency law. And now we find that compliance with the federal law isn’t much better. We are not insensitive to the challenges providers are facing, but it is disappointing that compliance with the law has not budged much since 2017, when Pioneer began monitoring hospital price transparency efforts.”
—Pioneer Institute Executive Director Jim Stergios on the institute’s survey that found spotty compliance with the Federal Price Transparency Law by Massachusetts hospitals. The law requires hospitals to make prices for 300 shoppable services available online in a “consumer-friendly format.”