BOSTON – House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) has appointed Representative William Crocker (R-Centerville) to serve on a special legislative commission that will explore ways to expand access to pediatric providers in Massachusetts, including medical, mental health and behavioral health providers.
Established as part of the 2019 Children’s Health and Wellness Act, the Pediatric Workforce Commission will attempt to identify the causes of pediatric workforce shortages and other factors that may limit access to provider services, including the impact of insurance acceptance and network status. "I am honored to have been selected to serve on this commission,” said Crocker. “I look forward to working with my colleagues and respected leaders in the field as we delve into this topic and work to expand the pediatric workforce and increase the availability of pediatric services to those who need them." The commission will also consider opportunities for pipeline career development for the state’s pediatric workforce.
Crocker currently serves as the Ranking House Republican on the Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery, and is also a member of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development and the Joint Committee on Housing.
“Will’s committee work has given him extensive insight on a wide range of mental health and workforce development issues, and his knowledge in these areas will be invaluable to the commission as it tries to find ways to expand the state’s pediatric workforce, remove barriers to access, and extend services to underserved populations,” said Jones.
Among those serving on the 25-member commission with Crocker are Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders, Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rosalin Acosta, Public Health Commissioner Dr. Monica Bharel, and Higher Education Commissioner Dr. Carlos Santiago. Seventeen of the commission’s members will be appointed by Governor Charlie Baker, and will include a representative of the Massachusetts chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, as well as representatives from various hospital, health insurance, medical and health care organizations.
The commission is due to report its findings and recommendations to the Legislature by July 1, 2020.
Crocker represents the Second Barnstable District, which includes Precincts 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 13 in Barnstable, as well as Precincts 5 and 6 in Yarmouth.