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The Legislature’s Missed Opportunity – Failure to Reform Nursing Homes in Massachusetts

August 4, 2022 Op-Ed in CommonWealth Magazine by Senator Richard Moore Download Senator Moore’s Op-Ed on Failure to Reform (docx) Much has been written about the legalization of Sports Betting in the Commonwealth.  The introduction of this much-debated and formerly illegal past-time is a tribute to the power of the gambling industry in Massachusetts! With […]

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Support An Act relative to supported decision-making agreements for certain adults with disabilities (S.2848, H.4725)

Dignity Digest Spotlight on July 8, 2022 Take Action Dignity Alliance Massachusetts has endorsed An Act relative to supported decision-making agreements for certain adults with disabilities (S.2848, H.4725) Help pass S.2848 / H.4725 into law! Contact Senate President Karen Spilka [(617) 722-1500 /  Karen.Spilka@masenate.gov]  and House Speaker Ronald Mariano [(617) 722-2500 / Ronald.Mariano@mahouse.gov]. Urge them […]

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Support An Act expanding wheelchair warranty protections for consumers with disabilities (S.2567)

Dignity Digest Spotlight on July 1, 2022 Take Action Dignity Alliance Massachusetts has endorsed An Act expanding wheelchair warranty protections for consumers with disabilities (S.2567). Help pass S.2567 into law! See item #2 in the Advocacy section below regarding steps you can take to make your voice heard. A proposed state law would make it easier to […]

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2022 Candidates News

State Auditor – Written Responses and Video Interviews

Written Responses Through the Dignity Votes 2022 initiative, Dignity Alliance Massachusetts has invited candidates for constitutional office to respond to a set of questions drafted specifically for each office. The responses of the State Auditor Candidates are below. Video Interviews To view closed captions, click on the “cc” and select English. The video are automatically […]

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DignityMA Outreach

Our first outreach table, at the State Democratic Convention on June 4 in Worcester, was a success. The Votes 2022 Committee reached out to the Democrats and Republicans so that we could educate our elected officials. We were very well received, with 47 weekly digest signups, and many more discussions on the issues. Paul Lanzikos, […]

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REV UP MA

Dignity Alliance MA voted to endorse and support the upcoming REV UP conference.  REV UP Mass (Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power!) is a local coalition that is part of the larger national REV UP network that exists to build the power of the disability vote. That means making sure that voters with disabilities are […]

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Facilities News Worker Support

National Imperative to Improve Nursing Home Quality

A major, comprehensive report on nursing home care was released on April 6, 2022, by the Committee on the Quality of Care in Nursing Homes under the jurisdiction of the National Academies of Sciences (NASEM), Engineering, and Medicine, The National Imperative to Improve Nursing Home Quality: Honoring Our Commitment to Residents, Families, and Staff. With […]

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Advocate to Pay to Spouses as Caregivers

S89 / H1305 An Act allowing spouses as caregivers Referred to Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities. Contact Senator Adam Gomez (Adam.Gomez@masenate.gov, (617) 722-1660) and Representative Michael Finn (Michael.Finn@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2676) to urge favorable action. Sponsors – Senator Joanne Comerford and Representative Norman Orrall Read the full DignityMA Endorsement for S89 and […]

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Advocate for Nursing Home Reform

Please contact Senator Pat Jehlen (Patricia.Jehlen@masenate.gov, (617) 722-1578) and Representative Tom Stanley (Thomas.Stanley@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2810) of the Committee on Elder Affairs to urge favorable action on S414 and other bills that would improve the quality of nursing homes. It is possible that some of these bills may be incorporated into a larger Nursing Home Reform […]

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DignityMA Media Re: White House Proposal

DignityMA members have been busy being published in newspapers across the state, explaining our support for the White House’s Proposed Nursing Home Reforms. Paul Lanzikos in the Gloucester Daily Times and the Salem News Arlene Germain in the Greenfield Recorder. Previous Previous Our view: Doing the right thing We have to all be in this […]