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Facilities News Spotlight

2024-06-04 Spotlight: Caring for your loved ones is their business, not their concern

Caring for your loved ones is their business, not their concern By John and Terri Hale, John and Terri Hale own The Hale Group, an Iowa-based firm advocating for high-quality nursing home care for everyone, all the time.  Contact: terriandjohnhale@gmail.com*The Gazette, June 2, 2024 The Biden Administration recently finalized a rule that would require nursing […]

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Facilities Home and Community Based Long Term Services and Support News Study Session

Bringing People Home – On Marsters for guardians, and supported decision-making personnel

May 29, 2024: A webinar explaining the Marsters v. Healey Settlement Agreement, was prepared especially for guardians, supporters in supported decision-making arrangements, and other advocates. The objectives of the webinar are to review basic provisions of the Agreement and review rights available for residents. The Agreement is anticipated to be finalized in federal court in […]

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Facilities Home and Community Based Long Term Services and Support News Study Session

Bringing People Home – Marsters Info for attorneys, paralegals, and legal advocates

May 29, 2024: The Center for Public Representation (CPR) and Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) have prepared a webinar especially for attorneys, paralegals, and legal advocates explaining the Marsters v. Healey Settlement Agreement.. The objectives of the webinar are to review basic provisions of the Agreement and describe avenues for ongoing advocacy for class members […]

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Long Term Services and Support News Spotlight

2024-05-21 Spotlight: Nursing Home Closures in NE: Impact on Long-term Care, Labor Markets

Federal Reserve Bank of BostonBy Riley Sullivan, May 14, 2024 Nursing Home Closures in New England: Impact on Long-term Care, Labor Markets Editors note: See online text for the following charts and graphs: Key Takeaways The US population, particularly in New England, is aging rapidly—both the median age and the share of the population aged […]

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Advocacy Home and Community Based News Study Session

Bringing People Home – On Marsters for NH Advocates and Workers

May 2024 You can read more about the settlement at the Marsters Overview post. Attorneys (Steven Schwartz and Kathy Walker from the Center for Public Representation) for the plaintiffs have prepared a webinar presentation, Bringing People Home – Understanding the Settlement Agreement in Marsters v. Healey. The presentation targets individuals who have regular communication with […]

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Home and Community Based Long Term Services and Support News Spotlight

2024-05-14 Spotlight: A Massachusetts disability rights warrior’s posthumous last battle against estate recovery

By Jason Laughlin*Boston Globe, May 12, 2024 In more than four decades of fighting for the rights of people with disabilities, Joe Tringali never got angry. But he sure was persistent. He called, emailed, called again, relentlessly, until he got legislators to listen. Most recently, Tringali’s steady but forceful activism focused on a practice by […]

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Advocacy Home and Community Based Long Term Services and Support Overview

Independent Assessment Entity (IAE)

Update: An RFI has been posted by MassHealth (RFI info below). The deadline to Reply to the RFI is July 9. View a presentation of the issues with the state’s pursuit of an IAE (pdf) written by Jenny Kaplan and Meg Coffin. Overview Recently the Executive Office of Health & Human Services (EOHHS) released an […]

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Housing News Study Session

Study Session – Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless (MCH)

May 8, 2024 Presenter: Julia Garvey, Community Organizer and Legislative Advocate with Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless Julia covered priority public policy issues and legislative proposals addressing the needs of persons who are homeless or at the risk of being homeless. Download the MCH Bill & Budget Priorities (pdf) presentation.

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Aging Long Term Services and Support News Spotlight

2024-04-30 Spotlight: America’s graying. We need to change the way we think about age.

The Harvard Gazette, By Alvin Powell. April 25, 2024 People in their 70s, 80s, and even 90s run marathons, write books, and go to work daily. But the predominant national conversation on aging focuses on disability rather than ability, something experts say is a problem as participation of America’s older adults grows more important, economically […]

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Facilities News Policy Spotlight

2024-04-22 Spotlight: Biden administration finalizes controversial minimum staffing mandate at nursing homes

Biden administration finalizes controversial minimum staffing mandate at nursing homes CNNApril 22, 2024By Tami Luhby Nursing Home Staffing Mandate Finalized: Balancing Quality Care and Workforce Shortages The Biden administration has finalized the first-ever federal minimum staffing rule for nursing homes. This controversial mandate aims to address chronic understaffing and improve resident care but faces concerns […]