TRURO -- Today, State Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro) welcomed the endorsement of the Massachusetts Nurses Association, the state’s largest union and professional association for registered nurses, and Mass-Care, the campaign for single payer healthcare in Massachusetts.
“Julian Cyr respects and supports the work registered nurses do every day to protect our patients and our profession,” MNA President Donna Kelly-Williams said. “From his experience working in public health, Julian clearly understands the vital role nurses play in delivering safe, high-quality patient care and will advocate for efforts to improve that care.”
“Nurses are the key to improving public healthcare, and I am honored to have their support,” Cyr said. “From tackling the opioid epidemic to ensuring dignified care for our seniors and keeping healthcare affordable, I look forward to continuing to work hand-in-hand with the MNA to solve the most pressing public health issues in our state. I’m humbled and honored to receive this endorsement.”
"Senator Cyr has demonstrated real progress to ensuring universal access to affordable, accessible healthcare in his first term,” said Pat Berger, Chair of Mass-Care. “He sponsored and successfully passed (by a bipartisan vote of 35-3) an amendment in the Senate's Health Care bill to require the Health Policy Commission to study the potential cost-savings of a single-payer system; a huge, progressive step forward for our state. We can count on Senator Cyr to advocate for health justice, and we are proud to stand with him in his campaign for re-election."
“I am proud to have the support of the healthcare champions leading the campaign for single payer healthcare in our state ,” said Senator Cyr. “This session, we worked together to bring attention to single payer and ensure we study the positive impact a single-payer system could have on the cost and delivery of health care in Massachusetts. ”
Senator Cyr has led to expand access to quality, affordable healthcare in his first term. In the State Senate, Cyr successfully proposed an amendment to landmark health care reform legislation to ask that the state study the cost of a single payer system versus the current system. He also worked to ensure the passage of a bill to establish paid family medical leave. Senator Cyr earned his degree in Community Health and Public Policy, and has worked to expand access to healthcare and critical screenings throughout his career. As a Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs for Environmental Health at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and earlier a Harm-Reduction Counselor at the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, Senator Cyr has dedicated his work to helping people lead healthy lives.
Founded in 1903, the Massachusetts Nurses Association is the largest union of registered nurses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Its 23,000 members advance the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Legislature and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.
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.