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STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK FOR A NATIONAL PLAN ON AGING

Report to Congress, May 2024 AGING IN THE UNITED STATES: A STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK
FOR A NATIONAL PLAN ON AGING
by the Interagency Coordinating Committee on Health Aging and Age-friendly Communities, chaired by the Administration for Community Living The four domains of the strategic framework are: Age-Friendly Communities; Coordinated Housing and Support ...

Gov Healey Files Legislation to Rename EO of Elder Affairs

The Healey-Driscoll Administration filed legislation Senate Bill 2797 to rename the Executive Office of Elder Affairs to the Executive Office of Aging & Independence to better represent and reflect the values of older adults in Massachusetts. Hearing on Legislation, June 26, 2024 The Statehouse News reported on the hearing: Mixed ...

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

Supreme Court outlawed segregation of disabled people 25 years ago. But change has come slowly STAT, June 21, 2024
By Timmy Broderick As a toddler, Veronica Ayala loved Fridays. At 5 o’clock sharp, her mom whisked her away from the grim Moody State School for Cerebral Palsied Children for a 48-hour ...

DignityMA Comments on Real Lives Bill

Self-Determination and Self-Directed Services Download the letter on Self-Determination and Self-Directed Services (pdf) Download the Facts Sheet from MA Alliance for 21st Century Disability Policy (MA21) on Self-Directed Services (pdf) Letter to DDS June 18, 2024
Department of Disability Services
Office of the General Counsel,
1000 Washington Street,
 Boston, MA 02118
 dds.regs.comments@mass.govSUBJECT: Self-Determination and ...

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

The Beauty of Embracing Aging By Charles M. Blow, New York Times (free access)
June 6, 2024

As Evelyn Couch said to Ninny Threadgoode in Fannie Flagg’s “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe”: “I’m too young to be old and too old to be young. I just don’t fit anywhere.”

I ...

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

On May 10, 2024, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule implementing a minimum staffing standard in nursing homes.  The rule will require that nursing homes have a registered nurse on-site 24 hours per day, seven days per week, meet modest minimum staffing requirements, use ...

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

Please support this amendment by contacting your Senator via the Dignity Alliance MA Take Action Page. Senator Lydia Edwards moves to amend Senate Bill 2817, by inserting after section 123, the following new section: Veterans Small Homes Plan SECTION XX.

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

Is long-term care evolving or devolving? McKnight’s Long-Term Care News
By John O'Connor, editorial director for McKnight’s Long-Term Care News
June 9, 2024 With the midyear mark rapidly approaching, this might be a good time to consider the current state of long-term care.  But rather than make an argument whether conditions for ...

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

AG Campbell Announces $4 Million Settlement With Nursing Home Chain For Significant Staffing And Care Failures Resulting In Resident Neglect Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Andrea Campbell
June 10, 2024  As part of the AG’s largest ever nursing home settlement, Next Step Healthcare will pay $4 million to resolve allegations, improve ...

Priorities at End of 2023-2024 MA Legislative Session

“So Much to Do, So Little Time” Download the 2024 End of Session Legislative Priorities (pdf) or read it all below. Dignity Alliance Massachusetts has endorsed various bills during the current legislative session. As the Legislature approaches its formal conclusion on July 31, we are highlighting eighteen bills which deserve ...

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

Caring for your loved ones is their business, not their concern
By John and Terri Hale, John and Terri Hale own The Hale Group, an Iowa-based firm advocating for high-quality nursing home care for everyone, all the time.  Contact: terriandjohnhale@gmail.com
*The Gazette, June 2, 2024 The Biden Administration recently finalized a ...

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

May 29, 2024: A webinar explaining the Marsters v. Healey Settlement Agreement, was prepared especially for guardians, supporters in supported decision-making arrangements, and other advocates. The objectives of the webinar are to review basic provisions of the Agreement and review rights available for residents. The Agreement is anticipated to be ...

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

May 29, 2024: The Center for Public Representation (CPR) and Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) have prepared a webinar especially for attorneys, paralegals, and legal advocates explaining the Marsters v. Healey Settlement Agreement.. The objectives of the webinar are to review basic provisions of the Agreement and describe avenues for ...

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

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
By Riley Sullivan, May 14, 2024 Nursing Home Closures in New England: Impact on Long-term Care, Labor Markets Editors note: See online text for the following charts and graphs:

Bringing People Home – On Marsters for NH Advocates and Workers

May 2024 You can read more about the settlement at the Marsters Overview post. Attorneys (Steven Schwartz and Kathy Walker from the Center for Public Representation) for the plaintiffs have prepared a webinar presentation, Bringing People Home - Understanding the Settlement Agreement in Marsters v. Healey. The presentation targets individuals ...

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

By Jason Laughlin
*Boston Globe, May 12, 2024 In more than four decades of fighting for the rights of people with disabilities, Joe Tringali never got angry. But he sure was persistent. He called, emailed, called again, relentlessly, until he got legislators to listen. Most recently, Tringali’s steady but forceful activism ...

Independent Assessment Entity (IAE)

Update: An RFI has been posted by MassHealth (RFI info below). The deadline to Reply to the RFI is July 9. View a presentation of the issues with the state's pursuit of an IAE (pdf) written by Jenny Kaplan and Meg Coffin. Overview Recently the Executive Office of Health & ...

Study Session – Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless (MCH)

May 8, 2024 Presenter: Julia Garvey, Community Organizer and Legislative Advocate with Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless Julia covered priority public policy issues and legislative proposals addressing the needs of persons who are homeless or at the risk of being homeless. Download the MCH Bill & Budget Priorities (pdf) presentation ...

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

The Harvard Gazette, By Alvin Powell. April 25, 2024 People in their 70s, 80s, and even 90s run marathons, write books, and go to work daily. But the predominant national conversation on aging focuses on disability rather than ability, something experts say is a problem as participation of America’s older ...

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

Biden administration finalizes controversial minimum staffing mandate at nursing homes CNN
April 22, 2024
By Tami Luhby

Nursing Home Staffing Mandate Finalized: Balancing Quality Care and Workforce Shortages The Biden administration has finalized the first-ever federal minimum staffing rule for nursing homes. This controversial mandate aims to address chronic understaffing and improve resident ...

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