State Legislative Endorsements

The Legislation Workgroup studies the current Congressional, State Senate and House legislation to determine which bills align with the Dignity Alliance mission. A bill should contribute to one of our goals. The membership is notified of any bills of interest, and is given the opportunity to sign on.

Please advocate for our endorsed bills by contacting your legislators.

Massachusetts Bills

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Bill No.TitleGoalCommitteeLead Sponsor(s)More Info
S0131Resolve Establishing a Special Commission on the Treatment of Intellectually and Developmentally Disable Offenders in the Criminal Justice System3Children, Families and Persons with DisabilitiesSen. Lovely

S131_endorse.pdf
S2104An Act updating the Open Meeting Law to support remote participation3State Administration and Regulatory OversightSen. Rausch
Rep. O’Day
(H3213)
S2104_3213_endorse.pdf
H3213An Act updating the Open Meeting Law to support remote participation3State Administration and Regulatory OversightSen. Rausch
Rep. O’Day
(S2104)
S2104_3213_endorse.pdf
H0227An Act to support equal access to community care for elders and the disabled3Health Care FinancingSen. Comerford
Rep. Higgins
(S748)
S748_H227_endorse.pdf
S0748An Act to support equal access to community care for elders and the disabled3Health Care FinancingSen. Comerford
Rep. Higgins
(H227)
S748_H227_endorse.pdf
S0404An Act to Strengthen Emergency Preparedness for Home Care Workers5Elder AffairsSen. Friedman
Rep. Santiago
(H756)
S404_H756_endorse.pdf
H0756An Act to Strengthen Emergency Preparedness for Home Care Workers5Elder AffairsSen. Friedman
Rep. Santiago
(S404)
S404_H756_endorse.pdf
S0773An Act to Preserve Special Needs Trusts for Disabled Seniors3Health Care FinancingSen. Jehlen
Rep. Hogan
(H1274)
S773_H1274_endorse.pdf
H1274An Act to Preserve Special Needs Trusts for Disabled Seniors3Health Care FinancingSen. Jehlen
Rep. Hogan
(S773)
S773_H1274_endorse.pdf
S0403An Act to Improve Nursing Home Job Standards and Care Quality4Elder AffairsSen. Feeney
Rep. Balser

(H724)
S403_H724_endorse.pdf
H0724An Act to Improve Nursing Home Job Standards and Care Quality4Elder AffairsSen. Feeney
Rep. Balser

(S403)
S403_H724_endorse.pdf
S1476An Act to improve infection control within long-term care facilities1Public HealthSen. MontignyS1476_endorse.pdf
S0413An Act to Improve Employer Standards for Massachusetts Nursing Homes1Elder AffairsSen. Jehlen,
Rep. Cronin,
Rep. Garbally
(H 733)
S413_H733_endorse.pdf
June 30,2021: Testimony S 413
H0733An Act to Improve Employer Standards for Massachusetts Nursing Homes1Elder AffairsSen. Jehlen,
Rep. Cronin,
Rep. Garbally
(S 413)
S413_H733_endorse.pdf
June 30,2021: Testimony S 413
S0974An Act to Establish the Office of Adult Decisional Support Services1JudiciarySen. Creem
Rep. Tucker
(H1898)
S974_H1898_endorse.pdf
H1898An Act to Establish the Office of Adult Decisional Support Services1JudiciarySen. Creem
Rep. Tucker
(S974)
S974_H1898_endorse.pdf
S0788An Act to establish the Family Caregiver Tax Credit3RevenueSen. Lewis
Rep. Roger
(H3043)
S788_H3043_endorse.pdf
H3043An Act to establish the Family Caregiver Tax Credit3RevenueSen. Lewis
Rep. Roger
(S788)
S788_H3043_endorse.pdf
S0421An Act to ensure resident safety within assisted living facilities2Elder AffairsSen. MontignyS421_endorse.pdf
S0414An Act to Ensure Quality of Care in Nursing Home1Elder AffairsSen. Jehlen,
Rep. Balser
(H 727)
S414_H727_endorse.pdf
June 30,2021: Testimony on S 414
H0727An Act to Ensure Quality of Care in Nursing Home1Elder AffairsSen. Jehlen,
Rep. Balser
(S 414)
S414_H727_endorse.pdf
June 30,2021: Testimony S 414
S0419An Act to Create Safe Environments for Home Care Workers and Consumers4Elder AffairsSen. Lovely
Rep. Moran
(H748)
S429_H748_endorse.pdf
H0748An Act to Create Safe Environments for Home Care Workers and Consumers4Elder AffairsSen. Lovely
Rep. Moran
(S419)
S429_H748_endorse.pdf
H2419An Act removing barriers to work that discriminate against persons with disabilities, mobility impairments, and seniors3Public Safety and Homeland SecurityRep. BarberH2419_endorse.pdf
H1242An Act relative to transfers of assets by MassHealth members1Health Care FinancingRep. BarberH1242_endorse.pdf
H1598An Act relative to the Uniform Power of Attorney Act1JudiciaryRep. GentileH1598_endorse.pdf
H1646An Act relative to temporary guardians 1JudiciaryRep. HillH1646_endorse.pdf
S0124An Act relative to supported decision-making3Children, Families and Persons with DisabilitiesSen. Lovely
Rep. Tucker
(H272)
S124_H272_endorse.pdf
H272An Act relative to supported decision-making3Children, Families and Persons with DisabilitiesSen. Lovely
Rep. Tucker
(S124)
S124_H272_endorse.pdf
S0406An Act Relative to Small House Nursing Homes 1Elder AffairsSen. JehlenS406_endorse.pdf
July 2021: Testimony S 406
S0422An Act relative to reserving beds in nursing homes during certain leaves of absence1Elder AffairsSen. MontignyS422_endorse.pdf
H2613An Act relative to protecting local retirees3Public ServicesRep. DayH2613_endorse.pdf
H1256An Act relative to preventing discrimination against persons with disabilities in the provision of health care3Health Care FinancingRep. CutlerH1256_endorse.pdf
S0424An Act relative to prevent patient abuse and death in nursing homes1Elder AffairsSen. MontignyS424_endorse.pdf
H0731An Act relative to mandatory reporting of elder abuse3Elder AffairsRep. ChanH731_endorse.pdf
S0398An Act relative to intensive case management for clinically complex older adults3Elder AffairsSen. ChandlerS398_endorse.pdf
S0418An Act relative to expanding the availability of personal care homes for older adults3Elder AffairsSen. Lovely
Rep. Kerans

(H 745)
S418_H745_endorse.pdf
July 12,2021: Testimony S 415 and H 745 Meg Coffin, and Testimony S 415 and H 745 Samantha VanSchoick
H0745An Act relative to expanding the availability of personal care homes for older adults3Elder AffairsSen. Lovely
Rep. Kerans
(S 418)
S418_H745_endorse.pdf
July 12,2021: Testimony S 418 and H 745 by Meg Coffin,
Testimony S 418 and H 745 by Samantha VanSchoick
S2420An Act relative to expanding the availability of adaptive housing for consumers with disabilities, mobility impairments, and seniors3Public Safety and Homeland SecurityRep. Barber
Rep. Moran
S2420_endorse.pdf
H2259An Act relative to Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders1Public HealthRep. CampbellH2259_endorse.pdf
S0811An Act relative to consistent treatment of life estates3Health Care Financing
Sen. Rausch
Rep. Murray
Rep. Higgins
(H1301)
S811_H1301_endorse.pdf
H1301An Act relative to consistent treatment of life estates3Health Care FinancingSen. Rausch
Rep. Murray
Rep. Higgins
(S811)
S811_H1301_endorse.pdf
H2246An Act Relative to CNA Training3Public HealthRep. ChanH 2246 Endorsement.pdf
S1084An Act relative to bullying in public housing to establish a statewide tenant protective services ombudsman for elderly and disabled residents in public and subsidized housing; to protect established rights of citizens and tenants.2JudiciarySen. LovelyS1084_endorse.pdf
H0720An Act relative to assisted living residents appeal of findings2Elder AffairsRep. ArcieroH720_endorse.pdf
H0193An Act regarding transparency for individuals and Guardians1Children, Families and Persons with DisabilitiesRep. CahillH193_endorse.pdf
S0681An Act providing coverage for hearing aids3Financial ServicesSen. HindsS681_endorse.pdf
S0420An Act protecting the rights of assisted living residents2Elder AffairsSen. Montigny
Rep. Barber
(H728)
S420_H728_endorse.pdf
H0728An Act protecting the rights of assisted living residents2Elder AffairsSen. Montigny
Rep. Barber
(S420)
S420_H728_endorse.pdf
S0749An Act Protecting the Homes of Seniors and Disabled People on MassHealth3Health Care FinancingSen. Comerford
Rep. Barber
(H1246)
S749_H1246_endorse.pdf
H1246An Act Protecting the Homes of Seniors and Disabled People on MassHealth3Health Care FinancingSen. Comerford
Rep. Barber
(S749)
S749_H1246_endorse.pdf
S0412An Act increasing the personal needs allowance for residents of long-term care facilities1Elder AffairsSen. JehlenS412_endorse.pdf
S1506An Act increasing the personal needs allowance for residents of long-term care facilities1Public HealthSen. O’ConnorS1506_endorse.pdf
S0397An Act increasing awareness of community based PACE programs for older adults3Elder AffairsSen. Chandler
Rep. Madaro
(H747)
S397_H747_endorse.pdf
H0747An Act increasing awareness of community based PACE programs for older adults3Elder AffairsSen. Chandler
Rep. Madaro
(S397)
S397_H747_endorse.pdf
S1257An Act establishing a special commission to study and report on the history of state institutions for people with developmental and mental health disabilities in the Commonwealth2State Administration and Regulatory OversightSen. Barret
Rep. Garbally
(H2090)
S1257_H2090_endorse.pdf
H2090An Act establishing a special commission to study and report on the history of state institutions for people with developmental and mental health disabilities in the Commonwealth2State Administration and Regulatory OversightSen. Barret
Rep. Garbally
(S1257)
S1257_H2090_endorse.pdf
S1482An Act Ensuring Access to a Resident Representative in Long-Term Care Facilities1Public HealthSen. MontignyS 1482 Endorsement.pdf
H0737An Act Clarifying Rate Setting Processes for Health and Home Care Services3Health Care FinancingSen. Jehlen
Rep. Gentile
(S774)
S774_H737_endorse.pdf
S0774An Act Clarifying Rate Setting Processes for Health and Home Care Services3Health Care FinancingSen. Jehlen
Rep. Gentile
(H737)
S774_H737_endorse.pdf
S1629An Act building a more accessible Massachusetts3Public Safety and Homeland SecuritySen. MooreS1629_endorse.pdf
S0089An Act Allowing Spouses to Serve as Caregivers3Children, Families and Persons with DisabilitiesSen. Comerford
Rep. Orall
(H1305)
S89_and_H1305_endorse.pdf
H1305An Act Allowing Spouses to Serve as Caregivers3Children, Families and Persons with DisabilitiesSen. Comerford
Rep. Orall
(S89)
S89_and_H1305_endorse.pdf
S0900Act to prevent and respond to bullying of elderly and disabled residents; to improve housing administration, establish best practices, train, educate.2HousingSen. Lovely
Rep. Honan
(H1407)
S900_H1407_endorse.pdf
H1407Act to prevent and respond to bullying of elderly and disabled residents; to improve housing administration, establish best practices, train, educate.2HousingSen. Lovely
Rep. Honan
(S900)
S900_H1407_endorse.pdf
S0127Act Establishing Guardians as Providers of Medical Care to Support the Rights of Incapacitated Persons1Children, Families and Persons with DisabilitiesSen. Lovely
Rep. Kerans
(H235)
S127_and_H235_endorse.pdf
H0235Act Establishing Guardians as Providers of Medical Care to Support the Rights of Incapacitated Persons1Children, Families and Persons with DisabilitiesSen. Lovely
Rep. Kerans
(S127)
S127_and_H1235_endorse.pdf

DAM Goals

Visit the Advocacy Page for details on each goal.

  • Goal #1. Nursing Home Reform that is person-centered and respectful of human dignity with oversight, accountability and transparency.     
  • Goal #2. Congregate Living (other than skilled nursing facilities) and other opportunities for independence, informed choices, and integration in the community.     
  • Goal #3. Home and Community-Based Supports and Services improvement and expansion of opportunities.     
  • Goal #4. Strengthen Support of Long-Term Care workers whether in career, volunteers, or family members.     
  • Goal #5. Strengthen Accessible, Universally-designed emergency procedures and response.

State Legislators

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Representatives directory: https://malegislature.gov/Legislators/Members/House