General Updates & Information

Headline:

The Health Equity Compact (HEC) filed “An Act to Advance Health Equity” to address increasing health equity concerns in Massachusetts.

Last-reviewed: 3pm, Jan. 25, 2023

Key Resource:

The Basics

  • Care team members can learn about and get involved in the work towards health and racial equity in Massachusetts.
  • Care team members can share resources for ongoing COVID-19 concerns.

The Breakdown

General Information

  • An Act to Advance Health Equity was filed by the HEC to combat the prominent issue of health and racial inequities in Massachusetts. The bill seeks to codify efforts to prioritize equity, standardize and report on data, and improve access and quality of care to make Massachusetts healthcare more equitable for everyone. More information on the bill here

COVID-19 Information and Resources

  • COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are available for those who are eligible. More information on vaccines and boosters here.
  • Visit COVIDtests.gov to order additional four free rapid tests through the mail.
  • Vaccination clinics across the state are offering $75 gift cards to MA residents ages 6 months and older who get a COVID-19 vaccine or updated bivalent COVID booster through March 31, 2023, while supplies last.
  • Public health officials continue to recommend that people get updated booster shots, wear a mask indoors, and isolate if they test positive for COVID-19. DPH and the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics issued recommendations (in Spanish here) for parents and families to prevent illness and stay healthy.
  • Residents can schedule an in-home vaccination by calling (833) 983-0485 or online at patientportalma.com.
  • Free COVID-19 testing is available throughout the state, often by appointment. Free at-home COVID-19 tests are available from Labcorp for MA residents who live or work in congregate care, have symptoms of COVID-19, or had a recent contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Masks are still required in healthcare facilities, certain health care and day services and programs, as well as for home health care workers. Masks are no longer required on public transportation except for The RIDE (the MBTA’s paratransit service). See the full DPH Advisory for additional details.

The Bottom Line

  • Care team members can share information and resources to help individuals take steps to protect themselves and their families against COVID and severe illness this winter.