Mass-Care’s mission is to establish a single payer health care system in Massachusetts so that all residents of the Commonwealth will have access to comprehensive, quality, affordable and equitable health care because it is basic to life and human dignity. Mass-Care was launched in 1995 as a coalition of Massachusetts organizations sharing a deep concern about the inequities of our health care system. Our organization’s strategic mission is premised on the belief that only a large-scale grassroots movement will be able to win reform that guarantees universal single payer health care.
The grassroots effort of our organization distinguishes Mass-Care from the efforts of other groups in Massachusetts that are funded primarily by power-brokers in the business community and health industry. Mass-Care sponsors the Massachusetts Medicare for All act, which would establish a single payer health care system providing comprehensive health care for all residents of Massachusetts.
Mass-Care is an umbrella organization for more than 40 member organizations representing diverse constituencies--the elderly, low income people, various religious groups, labor unions, teachers, nurses, social workers, doctors, women, immigrants, and local towns and cities. Together, these organizations represent over 500,000 Massachusetts residents who are active, enthusiastic supporters of single payer reform in Massachusetts.
The Universal Health Care Education Fund (UHCEF) was established in 1998 under a 501(c)(3) charitable status to function as a sister organization to Mass-Care. The two organizations share an office space and staff, but the mission of UHCEF is to focus on research and public education, while Mass-Care coordinates legislative action and grassroots organizing.
Donations to UHCEF are tax-deductible, but limited in the extent to which they can support grassroots and legislative work.