Martha Coakley will balance the world-class level of health care access and quality available in Massachusetts with affordability
Massachusetts has long been a national leader in providing high-quality, affordable health coverage to our citizens; the Commonwealth is home to some of the best hospitals in the world, and our companies are on the cutting edge of medical innovation. Our goal today must be to balance that world-class level of access and quality with affordability, and to recognize the importance of caring for those with behavioral health issues with the same commitment with which we care for those facing challenges to their physical health.
We must also reduce health disparities by improving access to community health centers and addressing the environmental challenges that often lead to higher rates of disease among low-income communities and communities of color.
As a result of my brother’s struggle, I have come to understand the challenges people face. -Martha
Martha understands the importance of this issue because she’s lived it. Her brother Edward, who began to show signs of depression at an early age, took his own life at the age of 33. Martha believes that expanding access to behavioral health care is crucial, as is reducing the stigma of mental illness. Nobody who needs behavioral health care should go untreated because they don’t have access to the care they need or because of the stigma around mental illness and substance abuse.
Read Martha's full policy paper, Caring For All: A Plan to Improve Behavioral Health Care for Everyone in Massachusetts.
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