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STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK FOR A NATIONAL PLAN ON AGING

Aging News Policy
Report to Congress, May 2024 AGING IN THE UNITED STATES: A STRATEGIC FRAMEWORKFOR A NATIONAL PLAN ON AGING by the…

Gov Healey Files Legislation to Rename EO of Elder Affairs

Aging News state legislation
The Healey-Driscoll Administration filed legislation Senate Bill 2797 to rename the Executive Office of Elder Affairs to the Executive Office…

2024-06-25 Spotlight: Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Olmstead Decision

Facilities Home and Community Based Long Term Services and Support News Spotlight
Supreme Court outlawed segregation of disabled people 25 years ago. But change has come slowly STAT, June 21, 2024By Timmy…

DignityMA Comments on Real Lives Bill

Advocacy Home and Community Based Long Term Services and Support News
Self-Determination and Self-Directed Services Download the letter on Self-Determination and Self-Directed Services (pdf) Download the Facts Sheet from MA Alliance…

2026-06-18 Spotlight: The Beauty of Embracing Aging

Aging News Spotlight
The Beauty of Embracing Aging By Charles M. Blow, New York Times (free access)June 6, 2024As Evelyn Couch said to…

Consumer Voice Statement on H.J. Res. 139 –A Resolution to Block Staffing Standards in Nursing Homes

Facilities Federal Legislation Long Term Services and Support News Policy
On May 10, 2024, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule implementing a minimum staffing…

Amendment #60 to Senate Bill S.2817  An Act honoring, empowering, and recognizing our service members and veterans

Actions Advocacy Facilities Holyoke Soldiers’ Home News
Please support this amendment by contacting your Senator via the Dignity Alliance MA Take Action Page. Senator Lydia Edwards moves…

2024-06-10 Spotlight: Is long-term care evolving or devolving?

Facilities Long Term Services and Support News Spotlight Worker Support
Is long-term care evolving or devolving? McKnight’s Long-Term Care NewsBy John O’Connor, editorial director for McKnight’s Long-Term Care NewsJune 9,…

2024-06-10 Spotlight: AG Settles with Nursing Home Chain

Facilities Long Term Services and Support News Spotlight
AG Campbell Announces $4 Million Settlement With Nursing Home Chain For Significant Staffing And Care Failures Resulting In Resident Neglect…

Priorities at End of 2023-2024 MA Legislative Session

Advocacy News state legislation
“So Much to Do, So Little Time” Download the 2024 End of Session Legislative Priorities (pdf) or read it all…

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

Facilities News Spotlight
Caring for your loved ones is their business, not their concern By John and Terri Hale, John and Terri Hale…

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

Facilities Home and Community Based Long Term Services and Support News Study Session
May 29, 2024: A webinar explaining the Marsters v. Healey Settlement Agreement, was prepared especially for guardians, supporters in supported…

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

Facilities Home and Community Based Long Term Services and Support News Study Session
May 29, 2024: The Center for Public Representation (CPR) and Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) have prepared a webinar especially…

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

Long Term Services and Support News Spotlight
Federal Reserve Bank of BostonBy Riley Sullivan, May 14, 2024 Nursing Home Closures in New England: Impact on Long-term Care,…

Bringing People Home – On Marsters for NH Advocates and Workers

Advocacy Home and Community Based News Study Session
May 2024 You can read more about the settlement at the Marsters Overview post. Attorneys (Steven Schwartz and Kathy Walker…

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

Home and Community Based Long Term Services and Support News Spotlight
By Jason Laughlin*Boston Globe, May 12, 2024 In more than four decades of fighting for the rights of people with…

Independent Assessment Entity (IAE)

Advocacy Home and Community Based Long Term Services and Support Overview
Update: An RFI has been posted by MassHealth (RFI info below). The deadline to Reply to the RFI is July…

Study Session – Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless (MCH)

Housing News Study Session
May 8, 2024 Presenter: Julia Garvey, Community Organizer and Legislative Advocate with Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless Julia covered priority…

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

Aging Long Term Services and Support News Spotlight
The Harvard Gazette, By Alvin Powell. April 25, 2024 People in their 70s, 80s, and even 90s run marathons, write…

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

Facilities News Policy Spotlight
Biden administration finalizes controversial minimum staffing mandate at nursing homes CNNApril 22, 2024By Tami LuhbyNursing Home Staffing Mandate Finalized: Balancing…

Letter to the General Services Administration

Advocacy News
On February 28, DignityMA presented this year’s OutStanding Federal Legislator Award to Elizabeth Warren. Her State Director, Janice Rotenberg, accepted…

Marsters Lawsuit

Advocacy Facilities Home and Community Based Long Term Services and Support News Overview
Final order approving a landmark cross-disability Settlement Agreement in Marsters v. Healey. June 18, 2024 – Following the fairness hearing…

2024-04-16 Spotlight: Need, Access, Impact, and Opportunities: Findings From a Multi-Site Evaluation of Elder Justice Shelters in the U.S.

Housing Long Term Services and Support News Spotlight
New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM)By Elisa Fisher, MPH, MSW; Sheaba Daniel, MPH; Mayssa Gregoire, BSMarch 2024 Need, Access, Impact,…

2024-04-09 Spotlight: Care At Risk: Upheaval in the Nursing Home Industry

Facilities News Spotlight
Care At Risk: Upheaval in the Nursing Home Industrywww.GoodJobsFirst.org By Siobhan StandaertDecember 2023 Executive SummaryA small group of lesser-known nursing home…

DignityMA TESTIMONY IN SUPPORT OF H. 4138 – The Affordable Homes Act

Advocacy Facilities Home and Community Based Housing News Testimony
Joint Legislative Committee on Bonding, Capital Debt and State AssetsApril 2, 2024 Download (docx) Testimony in Support of H. 4138…

2024-04-02 Spotlight: Governor Healey’s budget proposal threatens 50 years of disability rights

Home and Community Based News Spotlight
Governor Healey’s budget proposal threatens 50 years of disability rights *Boston Globe, March 28, 2024By Alex Green Her proposal to…

2024-04-02 Spotlight: The Wisdom of Humpty Dumpty

Home and Community Based Long Term Services and Support News Spotlight
By Richard MooreDignityMA’s poet laureate (aka, Chair, DignityMA’s Legislative Workgroup), with an AI assist Humpty Dumpty, policy bold,Sat on a…

2024-03-19 Spotlight: How for-profit nursing home regulators can use the powers they already have to fix growing problems with poor-quality care

Facilities Long Term Services and Support News Spotlight
By Charlene Harrington, RN, PhD, University of San FranciscoThe Conversation, March 14, 2024 Governments at both state and federal levels…

2024-03-19 Spotlight: For-profit nursing homes are cutting corners on safety and draining resources with financial shenanigans − especially at midsize chains that dodge public scrutiny

Facilities News Spotlight
By Charlene Harrington, RN, PhD, University of San Francisco, and investigative journalist Sean CampbellThe Conversation, March 14, 2024 For-profit nursing…

Study Session – Care Planning Made Simple & the New POLST Program

Long Term Services and Support News Study Session
Wednesday, March 13, 2024Presenter: Ellen DiPaola, JD, President & CEO, Honoring Choices Massachusetts Topics covered: The new Health Care Planning…

2024-03-11 Spotlight: The ‘hidden profits’ in the nursing home industry

Facilities News Spotlight
University of California Los AngelesBy Dr. Ashvin Gandhi and Dr. Andrew OlenskiMarch 4, 2024Summary prepared by Becker’s Hospital ReviewA recent…

Benjamin Healthcare Center Saga

Advocacy Facilities Home and Community Based Housing Long Term Services and Support News Overview
The news below, on Benjamin Healthcare Center’s announced closing, is listed most recent first. DignityMA Offers Help to Attorney Feaster…

DignityMA Globe Letters on Private Equity

Facilities News Perspective
Both former Senator Richard Moore and Margaret Morganroth Gullette published Letters to the Editor in the March 5 Boston Globe…

2024-03-05 Spotlight: Shedding Light on Nursing Home Industry Spending and Profits

Facilities Long Term Services and Support News Spotlight
Shedding Light on Nursing Home Industry Spending and Profits Long Term Care Community ConnectionTuesday, March 19, 2024, 1:00 p.m. On…

DignityMA meets with DPH and EOHHS

Advocacy Facilities Long Term Services and Support News
On February 2, several DignityMA members met with Secretary Kate Walsh of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services…

2024 Outstanding Federal Legislator Award

Awards and Events News
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was named the recipient of the Dignity Alliance Federal “Outstanding Federal Legislator Award.”   The presentation was …

Older Adult Lobby Day 2024

Advocacy Awards and Events News
February 27 More than 500 older adults and advocates participated in the Older Adult Lobby Day in the Great Hall…

2024-02-27 Spotlight: Aging in the United States

News Spotlight
Fact Sheet: Aging in the United States Population Reference Bureau, January 9, 2024By Mark Mather and Paola Scommegna The current…

Perspective of a Nursing Home Resident – Penny Shaw

Facilities News Perspective
Penny Shaw is a Dignity Alliance Massachusetts participant.  She has lived in a nursing home in Massachusetts for about two…

2024-02-20 Spotlight: Owner Incentives and Performance in Healthcare: Private Equity Investment in Nursing Homes

Facilities News Spotlight
National Bureau of Economic ResearchBy  Atul Gupta, Sabrina T. Howell, Constantine Yannelis & Abhinav GuptaFebruary 2021, revised August 2023 Owner…

2024-02-06 Spotlight: Harmful Findings at Bear Mountain Nursing Facility

Facilities News Spotlight
DLC Report Finds Harmful Lack of Proper Care for Patients at Bear Mountain Nursing Facility in Worcester Disability Law Center,…

2024-01-30 Spotlight: Fernald School: Waltham is letting a historic property fall apart

Facilities News Spotlight
*Boston Globe, January 29, 2024By The Editorial BoardThe city bought the 190-acre property in part using money from the state…

Private Equity

Facilities Overview
The toxic effects that Private Equity investments have had on healthcare, caregiving, durable medical equipment and nursing homes is a…

2022 State Legislative Awards

Awards and Events
On June 15, 2022, Dignity Alliance MA presented awards to state legislators who have demonstrated exceptional work on long term…

2024-01-25 Spotlight: Neal Honored by DignityMA

Awards and Events News Spotlight
Neal is a former chair, and current ranking member, of the US House Committee on Ways and Means which deals…

DignityMA Supports The Affordable Homes Act

Advocacy Housing News Testimony
Testimony by DignityMA members Listen to Brianna Zimmerman (STAVROS) at approximately 7 hours 15 minutes, and Sandy Novak at 9…

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

Advocacy Behavioral Health Facilities Home and Community Based News Spotlight
*Boston Globe, January 17, 2024By The Editorial Board Higher prices, worse outcomes don’t serve patients or providers. When Pamela Daly…

2024-01-09 Spotlight: New Way to Care for Older People in Britain

Home and Community Based Long Term Services and Support News Spotlight
In a British Town, a New Way of Caring for Older People Is Bringing Hope New York Times (free access)By…

Study Session – Briefing on S2482: an Act Relative to Pharmaceutical Access, Costs, and Transparency

News Study Session
PACT Act 3.0 – Senate Bill 2492 Presenter: Senator Cindy Friedman January 17, 2024 View the Slide Presentation on S2482…

2024-01-02 Spotlight: U.S. Nursing Home Finances: Spending, Profitability and Capital Structure

Facilities News Spotlight
This study, United States’ Nursing Home Finances: Spending, Profitability, and Capital Structure, was issued by the Long Term Care Community…

2023-12-19 Spotlight: Understaffed and neglected: How real estate investors reshaped assisted living

Facilities Housing News Spotlight
The Washington Post (free access), December 17, 2023By Douglas MacMillan and Christopher Rowland Surveillance video captured a 97-year-old woman’s death outside…

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Advocacy Covid-19 News
Documenting Our Disability History My name is Sandy Novack, and I have served on the Disability Policy Consortium Board of…

Study Session – Briefing on Bill H.4193: An Act to improve quality and oversight of long-term care

Long Term Services and Support News Study Session
The December 20, 2023 study session detailed provisions of the comprehensive long-term care reform bill passed by the MA House…

2023-12-12 Spotlight: The Old New Way to Provide Cheap Housing

Housing News Spotlight
The New York Times (free access)December 9, 2023 By Nicholas Kristof Homelessness is an American tragedy, but it’s not hopeless….

Study Session:  Briefing on The Affordable Homes Act – H 4138

Housing News Study Session
The study session on December 15, 2023, provided details on the housing bond bill proposed by Governor Maura Healey. Legislative…

Study Session: A Conversation with Dr. Lisa Iezzoni

News Study Session
Presenter: Dr. Lisa Iezzoni,  Board Member, Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors, representing the disability community. She is a…

Study Session: Disability Law Center

News Study Session
How Protection and Advocacy under Federal Authority Impacts Litigation, Oversight and Systemic Work The December 13, 2023 study session covered…

2023-11-28 Spotlight: Paralysis and Positioning

Facilities Long Term Services and Support News Spotlight
By Penny ShawNovember 21, 2023             I have Guillain-Barre syndrome – a neuromuscular disorder – in my case with quadriparesis:…

Assisted Living

Facilities News Overview
Assisted Living has become a popular option for older adults. These facilities are not Nursing Homes, have few requirements and…

2023-11-21 Spotlight: What Long-Term Care Looks Like Around the World

Long Term Services and Support News Spotlight
New York Times (free access), November 14, 2023By Jordan Rau Around the world, wealthy countries are struggling to afford long-term…

2023-11-14 Spotlight: Fire Thru Dry Grass

Covid-19 Facilities News Spotlight
October 30, 2023 (premiere)[90-minute documentary aired on PBS] Wearing snapback caps and Air Jordans, the Reality Poets aren’t typical nursing…

2023-11-07 Spotlight: Retired Pilot Went to Hospital

Facilities News Spotlight
DignityMA editor’s note: While this report covers a guardianship situation in Florida, there are similar occurrences throughout the nation including…

2023-11-07 Spotlight: ‘Aging is a disease’

News Spotlight
DignityMA editor’s note: This is a provocative article about aging and longevity. The Post has received over 800 comments online….

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

Advocacy Facilities Home and Community Based News Spotlight
*The Boston Globe, By The Editorial Board, October 27, 2023 (updated) Unnecessary segregation in nursing homes ‘has been linked to…

2023-20-24 Spotlight: Elderly and Imprisoned

News Spotlight
Elderly and Imprisoned: ‘I Don’t Count It as Living, Only Existing.’ New York Times (free access), October 21, 2023, Text…

2023-10-24 Spotlight: REIT Nursing Homes Staffing

Facilities News Worker Support
Only 6% of REIT Nursing Home Assets Meet Proposed Federal Staffing Mandate Skilled Nursing News, October 20, 2023, By Amy…

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

Advocacy Facilities Home and Community Based News Testimony
EOHHS (Executive Office of Health and Human Services) held a public hearing on October 20, 2023 to hear comments on…

2023-10-10 Spotlight: Celebrating Residents’ Rights Month

Facilities News Spotlight
October 2023By Former Senator Richard Moore, Chair DignityMA Legislative Workgroup While the abuse of residents with intellectual disabilities in state…

2023-10-03 Spotlight: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers

News Spotlight
AARP’s Long-Term Services and Supports State Scorecard 2023 EditionSeptember 2023By Susan Reinhard, Ari Houser, Carrie Amero, Paul Lingamfelter The 2023…

2023-09-25 Spotlight: For Disabled Couples, a Plea for Marriage

Home and Community Based News Spotlight
New York Times (free access)By Tammy LaGorce, September 15, 2023 On Wednesday afternoon, 20 couples gathered in front of a…

Study Session: Using Class Actions to Promote System Change

Advocacy News Study Session
Steven Schwartz, Legal Director, Center for Public Representation, was the featured guest for a DignityMA Study Session on September 22,…

Study Session: ReFraming Aging

News Study Session
November 8, 2023 This interactive webinar covered how ageism harms us all, how to counter ageism, and how to be…

Study Session: PACE Program and More

Home and Community Based News Study Session
The Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is an evidence-based care model for older adults who meet…

Study Session: The Future of Nursing Homes: Navigator Homes

Facilities Housing News Study Session
Wednesday, September 27, 2023 Embracing the core values in the disruptive concept for nursing home design, the “Green House” model,…

Nursing Home Staffing

Facilities News Overview Study Session Worker Support
Nursing Home Staffing has been an issue for some time. Insufficient staffing results in a poor quality of life for…

2023-09-11 Spotlight: HHS Proposes Minimum Staffing Standards to Enhance Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes

Facilities News Spotlight
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid ServicesSeptember 1, 2023Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Centers…

Study Session: Secy. Edward Augustus

Housing News Study Session
Secretary Edward Augustus, Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities September 13, 2023 https://vimeo.com/865142954?share=copy Secretary Augustus has served as Chief…

2023-08-21 Spotlight: Graying of Massachusetts prisons cries out for a dose of compassion

News
*The Boston Globe, By The Editorial Board, August 27, 2023 (updated) That starts with increased use of medical parole for…

2023-08-21 Spotlight: How Nursing Homes Failed to Protect Residents from Covid

Covid-19 Facilities News Spotlight
By Paula Span, New York Times (free access), August 19, 2023The first terrifying wave of Covid-19 caused 60,000 deaths among…

2023-08-07 Spotlight: My Friend is Trapped in a Nursing Home. What Can I Do?

Facilities News Spotlight
By Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times Ethicist columnistNew York Times (free access), July 28, 2023 Five years ago, I…

DPH Proposed Regulations Eliminating COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Personnel

Covid-19 Facilities News Testimony Worker Support
(Scroll down to read DignityMA testimony for this proposal.) The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has issued proposed amendments to…

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

Advocacy News
Report of the DignityMA Legislative Work Group 7/31/2023 Download the FY 2024 DignityMA Supported Budget Items (pdf). The following items,…

DignityMA Letter Regarding Mass General Brigham’s Skilled Nursing Facility Collaborative

Facilities News
To: Anne Klibanski, MD, President and CEO, Mass General Brigham Dear Dr. Klibanski, Dignity Alliance Massachusetts is a statewide, non-profit…

Dignity Alliance Wants to be Cool!

Facilities Home and Community Based News Policy
Media Release Calls for Executive Action and Legislation to promote cooling for older adults and people with disabilities As another…

DignityMA Testimony for Public Meeting Access

Advocacy News Testimony
On July 26, 2023, the 33rd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disability Act, Dignity Alliance MA submitted…

2023-07-24 Spotlight: It’s Time to Bring Back Asylums

Facilities News Spotlight
Editor’s note: This is a provocative essay. It includes a reference to the Worcester (MA) Recovery Center, a facility for…

2023-07-17 Spotlight: What’s Hot? Older Adults!

News Spotlight
Opinion by Richard T. Moore, former Massachusetts State Senator and Chair Dignity Alliance Massachusetts Legislative Workgroup, July 17, 2023FYI:  Dignity…

Study Session: Older American Act Programs and New Rulemaking

News Study Session
The U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL) is seeking input on proposed updates to the regulations for its Older Americans…

2023-07-10 Spotlight: Respiratory Syncytial Virus – RSV

News Spotlight
With the Word ‘May’, ACIP Leaves Seniors Vulnerable to RSV This Winter July 5, 2023,  By Richard Hughes IV and…

DignityMA Concerns with H. 3929 – Comprehensive Nursing Home Legislation

Advocacy Facilities News
Dignity Alliance MA has released a statement on “What’s Needed for Transformational Nursing Home Reform to Improve Quality and Oversight”…

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

Advocacy Home and Community Based News Worker Support
June 19, 2023 Dignity Alliance MA supports increasing the payment for PCA’s to at least $25 per hour. 45 individuals…

Study Session: State Director of Rural Affairs Anne Gobi

News Study Session
Study Session with State  Director of Rural Affairs Anne Gobi Thursday, June 29, 2023, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Director of…

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Actions Advocacy Facilities Resolution Worker Support
Join the DignityMA Resolution for Sufficient Nursing Home Staffing Thursday, June 15, 2023 marks the annual observance of WORLD ELDER…

How to Be a Better Advocate for Older Adults, People with Disabilities and Their Caregivers

Advocacy News
Explore the crucial role of advocating for older adults, people with disabilities, and their caregivers with state and federal legislators….

2023-06-12 Spotlight: Virginia’s Failed Regulation of Law-Avoiding Nursing Home Owners

Facilities News Spotlight
Scandal in Plain Sight – Virginia’s Failed Regulation of Law-Avoiding Nursing Home Owners Bacon’s RebellionJune 10, 2023by James C. Sherlock…

2023-06-05 Spotlight: The Care Economy with Ai-jen Poo

News Spotlight Worker Support
Why Is This Happening? (Podcast and transcript)May 31, 2023 Every day in the United States, 10,000 people turn 65, according…

2023-05-29 Spotlight: A Woman of Valor: Arlene Germain

Facilities News Spotlight
A Woman of Valor: Arlene Germain Disability Issues, Spring 2023 Vol.43 No. 2 By Sandy Alissa Novak I recently had…

Open Letter from DignityMA regarding Masking, Patient Safety, and Trust

Covid-19 News Policy
The following two letters were sent to Health System Leaders in Massachusetts, on the occasion of suspending masking requirements and…

2023-05-22 Spotlight: Senate Report – Nursing Homes Severely Understaffed

Facilities News Spotlight
Senate Special Committee on Aging Report: Nursing Home Survey Agencies are Severely Understaffed As reported by The Consumer Voice, May…

2023-05-08 CMS to Leverage Nursing Home Ownership Data

Facilities News Spotlight
CMS eager to leverage new nursing home ownership data, leader confirms McKnight’s Long Term Care, April 26, 2023 By Kimberly…

2023-05-01 Spotlight: Comm. v. Clinton – MA Supreme Court re: Holyoke Soldiers’ Home

Covid-19 Facilities Holyoke Soldiers’ Home News Spotlight
SJC reinstates criminal charges against managers of Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, where 76 died early in pandemicBoston Globe, April 27, 2023By…

2023-04-24 Spotlight: Historic Exec Actions to Improve Care

Home and Community Based News Worker Support
Biden-Harris Administration Announces Most Sweeping Set of Executive Actions to Improve Care in History Scroll down to see the reactions…

DignityMA Testimony and Campbell Letter re: Disclosures of Ownership and Transparency of Nursing Facilities Owners and Managerment

Advocacy Facilities News Testimony
Scroll down for Attorney General Campbell media advisory and letter, also on this topic. DignityMA submits testimony in response to…

2023-04-17 Spotlight: What Happened to America? We asked 12 People in Their 70s and 80s

News Spotlight
What Happened to America? We Asked 12 People in Their 70s and 80s. New York Times (free access), April 16,…

2023-04-10 Spotlight: Assisted-living homes are rejecting Medicaid and evicting seniors

Facilities News Spotlight
Assisted-living homes are rejecting Medicaid and evicting seniors *Washington Post, By Christopher Rowland, April 6, 2023 Some residents who drained…

2023-04-10 Spotlight: Dignity for All: Increase Scrutiny of Nursing Home Finances

Facilities News Spotlight
National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care Materials Available from Consumer Voice Webinar Despite receiving tens of billions of dollars…

2023-04-03 Spotlight: Where Do the Billions of Dollars Go?

Facilities News Spotlight
The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, March 28, 2023 Last week, Consumer Voice released its new report, “Where…

Study Session: Nursing Homes Funnel Billions Through Companies with Little Scrutiny from Federal Government

Advocacy News Study Session
Report, Webinar and Study Session Dignity Alliance Massachusetts, in a launch of the new DignityMA Study Sessions, hosted a state…

2023-03-27 Spotlight: Centene Corp’s Annual Financial Report Indicates That Poverty is Profitable for Investors

News Spotlight
Courtesy of our colleagues from Tallgrass Economics (Economics, Finance & Politics of Aging) March 23, 2023, By David Kingsley The…

Disabled and Elderly Jurors Nondiscrimination Act

Advocacy Federal Legislation News
March 17, 2023. This legislation, sponsored in the U.S. Senate by Senator Edward Markey, has been endorsed by 21 members…

2023-03-20 Spotlight: Everyone in a nursing home deserves a single room

Covid-19 Facilities Holyoke Soldiers’ Home News Spotlight
The government should require that owners give residents private space — or it should take over the facilities and replace…

2023-03-13 Spotlight on Nursing Home Administrator Hours

Facilities News Spotlight
LTCCC Alert: Nursing Home Administrator Hours Down 20% Since Pandemic Long Term Care Community Coalition March 9, 2023 Editor’s note:…

PCA Rally for Increased Wages

Advocacy News Worker Support
On March 1, PCA from 1199 SEIU union, consumers, advocates and legislators gathered at the union headquarters. After reminding everyone…

This is outrageous re: Nursing Home Closures

Advocacy Facilities News
‘This is outrageous’: Advocates urge state to take control of four nursing homes slated to close Paul Lanzikos, on behalf…

Letter to DPH re: Nursing Home Closures

Advocacy Facilities News
Paul Lanzikos, on behalf of DignityMA, has sent the following letter to the Department of Public Health regarding the closure…

Letter to AG re: Nursing Home Closures

Advocacy Facilities News
Paul Lanzikos, on behalf of DignityMA, has sent the following letter to the Attorney General on March 8, 2023, regarding…

2023-03-06 Spotlight on Judy Heumann

News Spotlight
Judy Heumann, Who Led the Fight for Disability Rights, Dies at 75 New York Times (free access), March 5, 2023…

2023-02-26 Spotlight on Nursing Home Closures in Western MA

Facilities News Spotlight
‘It’s flooding an already completely congested market.’ Nursing home closures in Western Mass. leave families and hospitals scrambling. Boston Globe,…

2023-24 “Dignity Dozen+” Co-Sponsorship Day at the State House

Advocacy Awards and Events News
Dignity Alliance Hosts First Co-Sponsorship Day at the State House – February 16, 2023 Legislators, Staff, Advocates Join to Advocate…

2023-02-20 Spotlight on Nursing Homes Owners Drained Cash While Residents Deteriorated

Facilities News Spotlight
Nursing home owners drained cash while residents deteriorated, state filings suggest. NPR Shots, January 31, 2023 New York state records…

Updates from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA)

Home and Community Based News Worker Support
AARP Quarterly, Stakeholders Meeting, 16 February 2023 Download the Updates from EOEA (pdf). Topics include: PHCAST (Personal and Home Care…

Equity must be driving force of ongoing Mass. public health policy

Covid-19 News
Letter to the Boston Globe, February 14, 2023, by Dr. Lara Jirmanus, Carlene Pavlos and Paul Lanzikos Regarding “The White…

2023-02-13: Spotlight on For Older Americans, the Pandemic Is Not Over

News Spotlight
For Older Americans, the Pandemic Is Not Over New York Times (free access), February 12, 2023 (updated) Seniors are increasingly…

2023-02-06: Spotlight on the Ensign Group

News Spotlight
Tallgrass Economics Finance & Politics February 4, 2023THE ENSIGN GROUP 4TH QUARTER REPORT:  MARVELOUS IF YOU ARE AN INVESTOR (BUT…

Recruitment – MassHealth members who have been stuck in nursing facility for 60 days or more

Actions Advocacy Facilities
Simmons v. Healey: An ADA Class Action Seeking to Compel Massachusetts to Stop the Unnecessary Institutionalization of People with Disabilities…

Recruitment – Nursing Home residents who lived with more than 2 people in a room

Actions Advocacy Facilities
Seeking Current or Former Nursing Homes Residents who lived in room with more than two residents could help this care….

Healey should settle, not litigate, disability lawsuit

Advocacy Facilities Home and Community Based News Resolution
Avoid unnecessary institutionalization in nursing homes. January 27, 2023 by Alex Green and Bill Henning EVERY DAY, thousands of Massachusetts…

Dignity Endorsed Legislation for 2023-2024

Advocacy News Policy Resolution
The Dignity Dozen The Legislative Work Group has released their initial list of 13 bills supported by Dignity Alliance Massachusetts….

BU Alum Calls for a COVID Day of Remembrance in Massachusetts

Covid-19 Facilities News
Bostonia, October 31, 2022 Paul Lanzikos (Questrom’80), cofounder of Dignity Alliance Massachusetts, says the occasion could have public health benefits.It’s…

Short of guardians, advocates could help patients navigate system

Advocacy Facilities News
*Boston Globe, January 4, 2023Letter to the Editor by James Lomastro Editor’s note: James Lomastro is Chair of Dignity Alliance’s…

Require Full Disclosure and Accountability for Nursing Home Reimbursement

Facilities News
Center for Medicare Advocacy, January 5, 2023, by T. Edelman Editor’s note: Richard Moore is the Chair of Dignity Alliance’s…

Oxford nursing home sued for neglect of a patient 

Facilities News
Sunday Eagle-Tribune, January 8, 2023, by Mike LaBella Editor’s note: Arlene Germain is Chair of Dignity Alliance’s Facilities Workgroup. A…

DignityMA Seeks Expertise re: resident room limits

Actions Facilities News
Dignity Alliance Massachusetts is seeking expertise regarding: RIVER TERRACE OPERATOR, LLC, et al. vs. COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS, et al. Superior…

Healey vows to address shortage of PCAs

Advocacy Home and Community Based News Worker Support
by Henry Kuczinski Daily Hampshire Gazette, December 26, 2022 BOSTON — Governor-elect Maura Healey said she will “absolutely” work with…

How to better care for our elderly and frail

Advocacy Facilities Home and Community Based News
Crisis of Care for Older Adults should be a Call to Action, not a Plea for More Tax Dollars. By…

Able Age Adjustment Act included in Omnibus Spending Bill signed by President Biden

Advocacy Federal Legislation News
Dignity Alliance endorsed securing age extension requirements for disability benefits. The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act, one of several…

Amicus Brief re: Soldiers’ Home

Advocacy Covid-19 Facilities Holyoke Soldiers’ Home News Resolution
Read the entire Soldiers’ Home Brief (pdf). Dignity Alliance MA has signed onto this brief. IMPOUNDED CASECOMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTSSUPREME JUDICIAL…

DignityMA supports H.3150 / S.2009 – Public Records

Actions News
Statement of Support for H.3150 / S.2009: An Act Relating to Access to Public Records SECTION 1. Section 7 of…

DignityMA supports Class Action re: Violations of the ADA and Medicaid Act

Actions Advocacy Home and Community Based News Resolution
Statement of Support Dignity Alliance Massachusetts and Its Partners Support Resolution of the Complaint Underlying the Class Action Suit filed…

Governor’s Council on Aging 5 Year Report – DignityMA Analysis

News
September 27, 2022 Download the entire pdf: DignityMA response to the 5 Year Report. Approximately five years ago, the Baker…

Alzheimer’s Association: National State Assessment on Dementia Policies – Response on Nursing Facility Care

Advocacy Facilities News
Download the DignityMA Response on Nursing Facility Care (pdf) to the Alzheimer’s Association National State Assessment on Dementia Policies, as…

Consolidation of senior care homes is uprooting hundreds across Massachusetts

Facilities Housing News
Article by Robert Weisman, Globe Staff, October 9, 2022 Dignity Alliance MA member, Paul Lanzikos, is quoted in the article….

I-Team: Advocates say nursing home crisis could be looming

Advocacy Facilities News Policy
Report by Cheryl Fiandaca of the CBS Boston I-Team, September 15, 2022 Dignity Alliance MA members, Arlene Germain and Paul…

Birthday cards about aging: the joke lands with some, not others

News
This persistent ageism is no laughing matter Response to Globe article by Margaret Morganroth Gullette, Dignity Alliance MA member. September…

Masking in Facilities

Facilities News
‘A hostile act’: CDC eases masking rules for hospitals and nursing homes, but they won’t apply to Mass. yet The…

COVID-19 Day of Remembrance

Covid-19 News
Plans to create day of remembrance for COVID-19 victims are languishing State and federal proposals for commemorations remain bottled up…

Ageism in Birthday Cards

News
Take a look at the birthday cards ageism advocates say are mean and stereotypical A national campaign presses card makers…

DignityMA Supports Veto Override to Preserve Special Needs Trusts for Seniors

Advocacy News
9/13/22 Dignity Alliance Massachusetts strongly urges the Senate and House of Representatives to override the Governor’s poorly reasoned veto of…

DignityMA Supports Minimum Staffing Standard

Advocacy Facilities News Testimony Worker Support
6/10/22 DignityMA response to CMS Request for Information (RFI) to support National Minimum Staffing Standard. Inadequate staffing is the primary…

100 Issues – Dignity Digest Milestone

News
We asked our readers three questions about the notion of dignity and their involvement with Dignity Alliance. What does “dignity”…

Lieutenant Governor – Written Responses and Video Interviews

2022 Candidates News
Written Responses Through the Dignity Votes 2022 initiative, Dignity Alliance Massachusetts has invited candidates for constitutional office to respond to…

Attorney General – Written Responses

2022 Candidates News
Written Responses Through the Dignity Votes 2022 initiative, Dignity Alliance Massachusetts has invited candidates for constitutional office to respond to…

The Legislature’s Missed Opportunity – Failure to Reform Nursing Homes in Massachusetts

Advocacy Covid-19 Facilities News Worker Support
August 4, 2022 Op-Ed in CommonWealth Magazine by Senator Richard MooreDownload Senator Moore’s Op-Ed on Failure to Reform (docx) Much…

Support An Act relative to supported decision-making agreements for certain adults with disabilities (S.2848, H.4725)

Actions News
Dignity Digest Spotlight on July 8, 2022 Take Action Dignity Alliance Massachusetts has endorsed An Act relative to supported decision-making…

Support An Act expanding wheelchair warranty protections for consumers with disabilities (S.2567)

Actions News
Dignity Digest Spotlight on July 1, 2022 Take Action Dignity Alliance Massachusetts has endorsed An Act expanding wheelchair warranty protections…

State Auditor – Written Responses and Video Interviews

2022 Candidates News
Written Responses Through the Dignity Votes 2022 initiative, Dignity Alliance Massachusetts has invited candidates for constitutional office to respond to…

DignityMA Outreach

Advocacy News
Our first outreach table, at the State Democratic Convention on June 4 in Worcester, was a success. The Votes 2022…

REV UP MA

Advocacy News
Dignity Alliance MA voted to endorse and support the upcoming REV UP conference.  REV UP Mass (Register! Educate! Vote! Use…

National Imperative to Improve Nursing Home Quality

Facilities News Worker Support
A major, comprehensive report on nursing home care was released on April 6, 2022, by the Committee on the Quality…

Advocate to Pay to Spouses as Caregivers

Actions Home and Community Based Worker Support
S89 / H1305 An Act allowing spouses as caregivers Referred to Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities….

Advocate for Nursing Home Reform

Actions Facilities
Please contact Senator Pat Jehlen (Patricia.Jehlen@masenate.gov, (617) 722-1578) and Representative Tom Stanley (Thomas.Stanley@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2810) of the Committee on Elder…

DignityMA Media Re: White House Proposal

Advocacy Facilities News
DignityMA members have been busy being published in newspapers across the state, explaining our support for the White House’s Proposed…

Resolution – COVID-19 Remembrance Day

Actions Covid-19 Resolution
H4224 – Resolutions establishing the annual observance of COVID-19 Remembrance Day Please support H4224! Letter to Legislators DignityMA has sent…

Action Agenda from Consumer Voice

Actions Advocacy Facilities
From the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care March Forth Together On February 28, 2022, the Biden Administration announced…

Endorsement S2695 – PACT: Pharmaceutical Access, Costs and Transparency

Actions Resolution
S2695 – An Act relative to pharmaceutical access, costs and transparency Filed by Senator Friedman, originally as S771. The Senate…

Support for White House’s Proposed Nursing Home Reforms

Facilities Federal Legislation News Worker Support
March 1, 2022 Dignity Alliance released a statement applauding the White House’s proposed nursing home reforms(pdf). The release highlights DignityMA…

Legislative Training for Advocates

News Videos
Presented by Jessica Constantino, Massachusetts Director of Advocacy, AARP With Senator Richard T. Moore, Co-chair of the Dignity Alliance MA…

Senate Passes Pharmaceutical Access, Costs and Transparency (PACT) Act

News
February 2022 Bill will reduce prescription drug costs, promote transparency, and increase patient access BOSTON – Today, the Massachusetts Senate…

Social Media Workshops

News Videos
Engaging Everyone: Creating Accessible, Powerful Social Media Content Part One can be viewed on YouTube and we have provided a…

S 331 / HR 1219 – ABLE Age Adjustment Act

Federal Legislation News
Federal Bills S 331 and HR 1219 support the Dignity Alliance MA Goal 1 – Home and Community-Based Supports and…

S 1773 – Prescription Drug Pricing Dashboard Act

Federal Legislation News
Federal Bill S1773 supports the Dignity Alliance MA Goal 3 – Home and Community-Based Supports and Services improvement and expansion…

Alarm Sounded over Nursing Home Care Gaps

Advocacy Facilities Home and Community Based News
December 6, 2021 – Boston Globe Letter – Alarm sounded over continual gaps in care at nursing homes Is there…

HR 598 – Quality Care for Nursing Home Residents and Workers During COVID–19 and Beyond Act

Facilities Federal Legislation News
Federal Bill HR 598 supports the Dignity Alliance MA Goal 1 – Nursing Home Reform that is person-centered and respectful…

(Oppose) S 1295 – Trust Act of 2021

Federal Legislation News
Federal Bill S1295 is relevant to Dignity Alliance MA Goal 3: Home and Community-Based Supports and Services improvement and expansion…

HR 2812 – Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act

Facilities Federal Legislation News
HR 2812 supports: DAM Goal 1: Nursing Home Reform that is person-centered and respectful of human dignity with oversight, accountability…

The Budget Reconciliation Legislation which includes nursing home reform, HCBS funding, workforce enhancements and elder justice provisions

Facilities Federal Legislation Home and Community Based News Worker Support
The nursing home provisions will promote DAM Goal 1 – Nursing Home Reform that is person-centered and respectful of human…

S2694 / HR 5169 – Nursing Home Improvement and Accountability Act of 2021

Facilities Federal Legislation News Worker Support
Federal Bills S 2694 and HR 5169 support the Dignity Alliance MA Goal 1 – Nursing Home Reform that is…

S 2618 – Medicare and Medicaid Dental, Vision, and Hearing Benefit Act of 2021

Federal Legislation News
Federal Bill S 2618 supports the Dignity Alliance MA Goal 3 – Home and Community-Based Supports and Services improvement and…

S 880 / HR 2062 – Protecting Older Americans Against Discrimination Act (POWADA)

Federal Legislation News
Federal Bills S 880 and HR 2062 support the Dignity Alliance MA Goal 3 – Home and Community-Based Supports and…

S 2210 – Better Care Better Jobs Act

Federal Legislation Home and Community Based News Worker Support
Federal Bill S 2210 supports the Dignity Alliance MA Goal 3 – Home and Community-Based Supports and Services improvement and…

S 2065 – Supplemental Security Income Restoration Act of 2021

Federal Legislation News
Federal Bill S 2065 supports the Dignity Alliance MA Goal 3 – Home and Community-Based Supports and Services improvement and…

HR 3733 – The Essential Caregivers Act

Covid-19 Facilities Federal Legislation News Worker Support
Federal Bill HR 3733 supports the Dignity Alliance MA Goal 1 – Nursing Home Reform that is person-centered and respectful…

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

Covid-19 Federal Legislation Home and Community Based News
Federal Bills S 4986 and HR 7499 are listed in the 116th Congress. and support Dignity Alliance MA Goal 3:…

Resolution – Mandate Vax for Nursing Homes Employees

Covid-19 Facilities News Resolution
Download the full resolution Calling on Nursing Home Providers and Caregivers to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccinations to Protect All In their…

Advocacy Letters for Holyoke Soldiers’ Home

Advocacy Facilities Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Housing News
On May 25, 2021, Governor Baker signed legislation authorizing bond financing for the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home providing $400 million for…

Biden to require COVID vaccines for nursing home staff

Covid-19 Facilities News Worker Support
August 18, 2021 – WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced that his administration will require that nursing…

S418 and H745: Personal Care Homes

Facilities Home and Community Based Housing News Testimony
An Act relative to expanding the availability of personal care homes for older adults “Personal care home” or “home”, a…

Nursing Home Industry is Heavily Taxpayer-Subsidized

Facilities Home and Community Based News
Special Report from the Center for Medicare Advocacy – July 2021. Download the full report: Special-Report-SNF-Subsidies.pdf Nursing Home Industry is…

Support S406 – Small House Nursing Homes

Facilities News Testimony
Download Jim Lomastro’s testimony (docx): Elder Affairs S406 Small Homes DAM. Good morning.  Thank you for the opportunity to speak…

Support S413, H733 – Improve Employee Standards for MA Nursing Homes

Facilities News Testimony Worker Support
June 30, 2021 Download the pdf: Testimony on S413 and H733 An Act to Improve Employee Standards for MA Nursing…

Support S414, H727 – Ensure Quality of Care in Nursing Homes

Facilities News Testimony Worker Support
June 30, 2021 Download the pdf: Testimony on S414 and H727 An Act to Ensure Quality of Care in Nursing…

Support Community Service Budget Items

Advocacy Home and Community Based
Action Steps – Contact Mass State Senators and Reps to advocate with the conference committee to support the House version…

Response to RFI Rescue Plan Act

Advocacy Home and Community Based News Testimony
Dignity Alliance Massachusetts’ Response to the Request for Information American Rescue Plan Act Home and Community-Based Community HCBS Initiatives May…

Holyoke Soldiers’ Home bond bill S. 2439

Advocacy Facilities Holyoke Soldiers’ Home News
Dear Senators, Dignity Alliance Massachusetts supports the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home bond bill S. 2439 as well as adoption of Amendment…

Boston Globe on Holyoke’s Soldiers Home

Advocacy Facilities Holyoke Soldiers’ Home News
Read two articles from the Boston Globe. The first is by the Globe Editorial Board, Holyoke veterans deserve more than…

Richard Moore on Holyoke’s Soldier Home

Facilities Holyoke Soldiers’ Home News
Honor Our Aging Veterans, but let Holyoke’s Soldiers Home Fade Away.  Honor Our Aging Veterans, but let Holyoke’s Soldiers Home…

FY 2022 Budget Amendment Endorsement 7004-9030 (Alternative Housing Voucher Program)

Advocacy Housing News
Dignity Alliance Massachusetts advocates for the adoption of the following amendment affecting Line Item 7004-9030: Alternative Housing Voucher Program, mobile…

FY 2022 Budget Amendment Endorsement: 4120-4000 ( pilot to develop community-based sites for behavioral health services for adults under sixty)

Advocacy Behavioral Health News
Dignity Alliance Massachusetts advocates for the adoption of the following amendment affecting Line Item 4120-4000 (Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission): For a…

FY 2022 Budget Amendment Endorsement: 9110-1640 (Executive Office of Elder Affairs – Level funding at $1,000,000 and two new treatment sites.)

Advocacy News
Dignity Alliance Massachusetts advocates for the adoption of the following amendment affecting Line Item 9110-1640 (Executive Office of Elder Affairs):…

Policy Statement on Holyoke Soldier’s Home

Facilities Holyoke Soldiers’ Home News Policy
Dignity Alliance Massachusetts urges the Commonwealth to put aside the current proposal to construct a 235-bed, congregate care facility and,…

Long Term Care – John Oliver

Facilities News
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – April 12, 2021 – John Oliver explains the industry behind nursing homes and…

Endorsement: Vaccine Equity for POC

Advocacy Covid-19 News
Dignity Alliance Massachusetts endorses the petition letter of the Vaccine Equity NOW! Coalition and demand that Governor Baker take immediate…

Endorsement: Vaccine Equity for PWD

Advocacy Covid-19 News
Dignity Alliance Massachusetts has endorsed the following Advocacy to add to listing of disability conditions to qualify for vaccination priority….

Goals Statement

News
Dignity Alliance Massachusetts has endorsed a set of transformative goals in March, 2021. Download Dignity Alliance Massachusetts Mission and Goals…

Resolution: Call for Compassionate Care Visitation Policy

Covid-19 Facilities News Resolution
Call for Compassionate Care Visitation Policy for Nursing Home Residents Download the full resolution which includes references: Nursing Home Compassionate…

Resolution: Proposed Amendments to 105 CMR 150.000 Standards for Long Term Care Facilities

Facilities News Resolution
Download the testimony: Testimony 105CMR150.000 Standards for Long-Term Care Facilities DPH Hearing 2021.docx or scroll down. (Download includes extensive references,…

Resolution: Change 1115 Waiver Renewal

Covid-19 Facilities News Resolution
Download Dignity Alliance’s comments on the renewal of the Commonwealth’s 1115 Renewal: 1115 Waiver Renewal DAM.docx. Comments regarding the Renewal…

Harvard Webinar on FERNALD’S LEGACY

Advocacy News
ENSURING WE NEVER FORGET DISABILITY RIGHTS HISTORY Wednesday March 10 noon – 1:30. Panelists: Alex Green, Reggie Clark, Woody Gaw…

Joint Committee on Covid-19 and Emergency Preparedness and Management Hearing Feb. 25 at 11:00 a.m.

Covid-19 News
The Joint Committee on Covid-19 and Emergency Preparedness and Management will hold its first in a series of oversight hearings…

Resolution: Urging the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation to Correct the Social Security COVID Cut – December 2020

Covid-19 Resolution
Whereas, Older Adults and People with Disabilities in Massachusetts and all Americans age fifty or overs are already on edge…

Testimony: Hearing on Understanding the Tragedy

Covid-19 Facilities Testimony
The hearing was held on October 13. For more information, including video testimony, visit: https://malegislature.gov/Events/Hearings/Detail/3580. Paul Lanzikos can be seen…

Resolution: Single-Occupancy Rooms

Facilities Resolution
We urge the immediate creation of an initiative to demonstrate the efficacy of nursing facilities operating primarily with single-occupancy rooms….

Resolution: Determine Why and How Residents and Workers Incurred the Worst Impact of Covid-19

Covid-19 Facilities Resolution Worker Support
We call for further legislative inquiry to determine why and how residents and workers disproportionately incurred the worst impact of…

Resolution: Universal Availability of Frontline Worker Supports

Covid-19 Resolution Worker Support
We strongly advocate appropriations to ensure the universal availability of necessary supports, including, but not limited to, sufficient and appropriate…

Resolution: Expand Availability of Home and Community Services

Home and Community Based Resolution
An immediate objective is the expansion of the ability of older adults and persons with disabilities to receive comprehensive services,…

Testimony: Applications for Determination of Need from Long-Term Care Facilities

Facilities Testimony
Testimony to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Determination of Need Program relative to its Memorandum on Applications for Determination…

Resolution: Specialized Populations

Behavioral Health Facilities Resolution
Dignity Alliance supports lifting the DON moratorium for specialized skilled nursing facilities for substance use/mental health issues and COVID-19 rehabilitation….

Resolution: Enhanced Infection Control

Covid-19 Facilities Resolution
Dignity Alliance generally applauds the Department’s attention to infection control and believes this should be a priority for ALL skilled…

Resolution: Dedication of New Beds for MassHealth Recipients

Facilities Resolution
Dignity Alliance applauds the Department’s recognition that older adults and persons with disabilities who qualify for MassHealth have the right…

Resolution: Performance Scores

Facilities Resolution
Dignity Alliance agrees that quality measures and past performance of applicants are vital to offering long-term care services. Issue An…

Resolution: Compliance with DON Health Priorities

Facilities News Resolution
Dignity Alliance urges the Department to set the bar high and suggests that all the listed priorities are important. Applicants…

Alison Barkoff

News
Alison Barkoff was sworn into office as the Principal Deputy Administrator on January 20, 2021, and currently is serving as…

Baker says vaccine will be administered to those in shelters, prisons, and senior housing

Covid-19 Facilities News
By Travis Andersen Globe Staff, January 13, 2021 Governor Charlie Baker said Wednesday that Massachusetts will start administering the COVID-19…

Request to State Auditor

Behavioral Health Covid-19 Facilities News
Dignity Alliance Massachusetts has sent a letter to State Auditor Suzanne Bump, asking for a follow up audit of nursing…

Resolution: Correct SS Covid Cut

Covid-19 News
Without this protection, people who become eligible for Social Security in 2022 will be the victims of potentially reduced benefits,…

Arlene Germain and Paul Lanzikos Interview on Covid-19

Covid-19 Facilities News
25 Investigates: Second wave of COVID-19 crashing into Mass. nursing homes November 16: Boston 25 News interviewed Dignity Alliance on…

OPPOSE Waltham Light Show at Fernald

Advocacy News
Disability Advocates Oppose Waltham Light Show at Abandoned Institution We are calling on the City of Waltham and the Waltham…

Budget Items for Older Adults and People with Disabilities

Testimony
Read FY 21 Budget Letter to Ways and Means.docx to learn about DAM’s specific recommended improvements to the budget. Note:…

Act To Address Estate Recovery Issues Due To COVID-19

Covid-19 Testimony
Download the testimony: Dignity Alliance Estate Recovery Testimony 20890.docx October 30, 2020 H4978 / S2818 Dear Chairs of the Judiciary…

Covid-19 Testing in Congregate Settings

Covid-19 Facilities Testimony
Download the Letter to Governor Baker about Covid-19 Testing.docx. Covid-19 testing for older adults and persons with disabilities living in…

National Legislation on Infection Reporting

Covid-19 Facilities Testimony
Stakeholders urge Congress to empower CDC to protect patient safety in legislation to help address the COVID emergency Download the…

The Shameful Toll of Nursing Homes

Covid-19 Facilities News Testimony
New York Times Letter to the Editor Download the New York Times September 6 Response.docx To the Editor: Re: “The…

Patriot Ledger – Working for Nursing Home Reform

Facilities News
Nice write-up in the Patriot Ledger! Working for widescale nursing home reform by Sue Scheibel on September 2, 2020.

COVID Made Nursing Home Caregiving A Deadly Occupation; Immigrants And Minorities Bear The Brunt

Covid-19 Facilities News Worker Support
WGBH, and lead journalist Chris Burrell published a two part investigative series on the devastating impact of the coronavirus on…

Dignity Alliance MA Announced!

News
Coalition of Disability and Senior Advocacy Organizations Forms in Response to Nursing Home Deaths Everyone deserves to live a full…

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