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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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Resolution – COVID-19 Remembrance Day

H4224 – Resolutions establishing the annual observance of COVID-19 Remembrance Day Please support H4224! Letter to Legislators DignityMA has sent this letter to legislators. We ask others to contact their legislators and support 4224. Dear Legislator: Dignity Alliance Massachusetts is recognizing the two year anniversary of the onset of Covid-19 with the attached resolution.  On […]

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Covid-19 Facilities Federal Legislation News Worker Support

HR 3733 – The Essential Caregivers Act

Federal Bill HR 3733 supports the Dignity Alliance MA Goal 1 – Nursing Home Reform that is person-centered and respectful of human dignity with oversight, accountability and transparency. DAM has endorsed this legislation. The Essential Caregivers Act, which came about earlier this year, was introduced to Congress in June 2021 with bipartisan support The bill, […]

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Covid-19 Federal Legislation Home and Community Based News

S 4986 / HR 7499 Social Security Covid-19 Correction and Equity Act

Federal Bills S 4986 and HR 7499 are listed in the 116th Congress. and support Dignity Alliance MA Goal 3: Home and Community-Based Supports and Services improvement and expansion of opportunities. DAM has endorsed this legislation. Points: A precipitous drop in wages in 2020 could inadvertently lower Social Security benefits for one cohort. Whether or […]

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Resolution – Mandate Vax for Nursing Homes Employees

Download the full resolution Calling on Nursing Home Providers and Caregivers to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccinations to Protect All In their Care.docx. The download includes extensive resource links. Resolution Dignity Alliance commends the Biden Administration for its 8/18/21 announcement that all nursing home staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of participating in […]

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Biden to require COVID vaccines for nursing home staff

August 18, 2021 – WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced that his administration will require that nursing home staff be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition for those facilities to continue receiving federal Medicare and Medicaid funding. Biden unveiled the new policy Wednesday afternoon in a White House address as the administration […]

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Endorsement: Vaccine Equity for POC

Dignity Alliance Massachusetts endorses the petition letter of the Vaccine Equity NOW! Coalition and demand that Governor Baker take immediate action to prioritize access to the vaccine for the communities hardest hit by the pandemic.  Download the entire statement: DAM-VEN-Petition.docx. The Black, Latinx, and immigration communities have suffered a disproportionate burden in COVID-19 rates, hospitalization, […]

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Endorsement: Vaccine Equity for PWD

Dignity Alliance Massachusetts has endorsed the following Advocacy to add to listing of disability conditions to qualify for vaccination priority. Download the entire statement: DAM Disability Vaccine Letter.docx. People with quadriplegia, cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis (MS), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and intellectual and developmental disabilities, among other many disabilities and health conditions, are not getting […]

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Resolution: Call for Compassionate Care Visitation Policy

Call for Compassionate Care Visitation Policy for Nursing Home Residents Download the full resolution which includes references: Nursing Home Compassionate Care Visitation for Nursing Home Residents Dignity Alliance Massachusetts.docx. March 13th marks the tragic one-year anniversary of banning visitations for nursing home residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dignity Alliance Massachusetts is writing for your help […]

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Resolution: Change 1115 Waiver Renewal

Download Dignity Alliance’s comments on the renewal of the Commonwealth’s 1115 Renewal: 1115 Waiver Renewal DAM.docx. Comments regarding the Renewal of the 1115 Waiver Dignity Alliance Massachusetts, a grass-roots coalition of aging and disability service and advocacy organizations and supporters, is dedicated to securing fundamental changes in the provision of long-term services, support, and care.  […]