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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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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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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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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 […]

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Action Agenda from Consumer Voice

From the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care March Forth Together On February 28, 2022, the Biden Administration announced it would be implementing new nursing home reforms including the creation of a minimum staffing standard in nursing homes, accountability for poor performing nursing homes, increased transparency around ownership and finances, and support for direct […]

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Alarm Sounded over Nursing Home Care Gaps

December 6, 2021 – Boston Globe Letter – Alarm sounded over continual gaps in care at nursing homes Is there no dignity among owners and operators of nursing homes that so many fail their most basic responsibility to protect the lives of the residents and staff? No one should be surprised by the article in […]

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Advocacy Letters for Holyoke Soldiers’ Home

On May 25, 2021, Governor Baker signed legislation authorizing bond financing for the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home providing $400 million for the construction of a facility in Holyoke and an additional $200 million for establishing regional equity and ready access to community services for veterans throughout the Commonwealth who do not live proximate to the Holyoke […]

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Support Community Service Budget Items

Action Steps – Contact Mass State Senators and Reps to advocate with the conference committee to support the House version of line item 9110-1640 and the Senate version of line item 1420-1000. Budget Line item 9110 – 1640 – Department of Elder Affairs Budget Line item 9110 – 1640 (Department of Elder Affairs) For the […]

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Response to RFI Rescue Plan Act

Dignity Alliance Massachusetts’ Response to the Request for Information American Rescue Plan Act Home and Community-Based Community HCBS Initiatives May 2021 (See Glossary for description of abbreviations) Download the DA American Rescue Plan RFI.docx Access to Services and Supports and Community Integration Amendments to the Frail Elder Waiver to Support New Services Add Residential Services […]

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Holyoke Soldiers’ Home bond bill S. 2439

Dear Senators, Dignity Alliance Massachusetts supports the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home bond bill S. 2439 as well as adoption of Amendment 13 proposed by Senator Lovely and Amendment 16 proposed by Senator Collins.    These amendments ensure that the construction of a replacement facility on the campus of the current Holyoke Soldiers’ Home adheres to the US […]