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Advocacy Housing News Testimony

DignityMA Supports The Affordable Homes Act

Testimony by DignityMA members Listen to Brianna Zimmerman (STAVROS) at approximately 7 hours 15 minutes, and Sandy Novak at 9 hours and 39 minutes. View 10+ hours of testimony. DignityMA written TESTIMONY IN SUPPORT OF H. 4138 Dignity Alliance Massachusetts applauds the Healey-Driscoll Administration for their leadership in addressing the issue of housing as proposed […]

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Advocacy Behavioral Health Facilities Home and Community Based News Spotlight

2024-01-18 Spotlight: Scrutinize private equity’s involvement in health care

*Boston Globe, January 17, 2024By The Editorial Board Higher prices, worse outcomes don’t serve patients or providers. When Pamela Daly got new wheelchair brakes, they rattled and didn’t work. She complained to the manufacturer but after a month was still waiting for replacements. Daly, a disability rights advocate, was late to an event at the […]

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Advocacy Covid-19 News

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Documenting Our Disability History My name is Sandy Novack, and I have served on the Disability Policy Consortium Board of Directors since 2018.  I am also the Chair of the Board’s Advocacy Committee. Last month, at the DPC annual awards event, I announced a history project that DPC plans to offer for people with disabilities […]

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Advocacy Facilities Home and Community Based News Spotlight

2023-10-31 Spotlight: Help people with disabilities live in the community

*The Boston Globe, By The Editorial Board, October 27, 2023 (updated) Unnecessary segregation in nursing homes ‘has been linked to accelerated mental, emotional, and physical decline’ when residents have little autonomy and little ability to engage in outside activities, a lawsuit says. For many people with disabilities, living in a nursing home is a last […]

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Advocacy Facilities Home and Community Based News Testimony

Proposal and Responses: 101 CMR 206.00: Standard Payments to Nursing Facilities

EOHHS (Executive Office of Health and Human Services) held a public hearing on October 20, 2023 to hear comments on proposed amendments to 101 CMR 206.00 implement Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) budget requirements. Both Dignity Alliance Massachusetts and Pete Tiernan of HCBS Solutions responded. DignityMA and HCBS agree with each other’s testimony. The DignityMA comments […]

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Advocacy News Study Session

Study Session: Using Class Actions to Promote System Change

Steven Schwartz, Legal Director, Center for Public Representation, was the featured guest for a DignityMA Study Session on September 22, 2023. His topic is Using Class Actions to Promote System Change. Additional Information: Steven J. Schwartz currently is the Center’s Legal Director, after founding the Center in 1976 and then serving as its Executive Director […]

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Advocacy News

FY ’24 DIGNITY SUPPORTED BUDGET ITEMS IN THE FINAL CONFERENCE REPORT

Report of the DignityMA Legislative Work Group 7/31/2023 Download the FY 2024 DignityMA Supported Budget Items (pdf). The following items, under consideration by the Conference Committee, were all approved in the final budget that is being presented to the House and Senate today. 28 Dignity Advocates “took action” by contacting 47 legislators asking for support […]

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Advocacy News Testimony

DignityMA Testimony for Public Meeting Access

On July 26, 2023, the 33rd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disability Act, Dignity Alliance MA submitted written testimony to a public meeting of the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight in support of access to public meetings by older adults and people with disabilities. Download the submitted testimony (with […]

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Advocacy Facilities News

DignityMA Concerns with H. 3929 – Comprehensive Nursing Home Legislation

Dignity Alliance MA has released a statement on “What’s Needed for Transformational Nursing Home Reform to Improve Quality and Oversight” as well as a letter to the Chairs of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing. You can download (the statement download contains significant footnotes not included below) these or read them below. What’s Needed […]

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Advocacy Home and Community Based News Worker Support

Increase the rate of payment for PCA’s to at least $25 per hour

June 19, 2023 Dignity Alliance MA supports increasing the payment for PCA’s to at least $25 per hour. 45 individuals and organizations have endorsed the following letter to Governor Healey, asking her to implement this increase immediately. Letter to Governor Healey Dear Governor Healey, On behalf of the membership of the Dignity Alliance of Massachusetts, […]