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Category: Legislative

Voting By Mail in Massachusetts 2020

Jul 10, 2020 The news has been full of the national debate about voting via mail for the past several months.  In Massachusetts, the debate is over.  The legislature and Governor recently signed a new law, which allows Voting by Mail. This new law was passed in Massachusetts early this month and allows all registered…
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Spread the word. Stop the virus.

May 13, 2020 The greatest act of love is answering the call. Why your help matters People in Massachusetts have been reaching out to ask what they can do to help during the COVID-19 crisis. Through what’s called contact tracing, the Commonwealth is reaching out to everyone who tested positive and people who have been…
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COVID-19 Information

Last update: May 6, 2020 At this time, information about the COVID-19 situation is changing continuously. For the most up to date information, please visit the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) or Massachusetts COVID-19 information pages. See a Mass Dept of Public Health video on masks and their proper use here. Sign up for…
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Boards of Health

Apr 27, 2020 Local Boards of Health have been and continue to be key components in the Covid-19 situation. Links to the Boards of Health in SeniorCare’s nine communities follow. Beverly, MAhttp://www.beverlypublichealth.org/ Essex, MAhttps://www.essexma.org/health-department-board-health Gloucester, MAhttp://gloucester-ma.gov/1074/Coronavirus-COVID-19 Hamilton, MAhttps://www.hamiltonma.gov/government/board-of-health/ Ipswich, MAhttps://www.ipswichma.gov/868/COVID-19-Update Rockport, MAhttps://www.rockportma.gov/covid-19-updates Topsfield, MAhttps://www.topsfield-ma.gov/covid-19-information Wenham, MAhttps://www.wenhamma.gov/covid-19/index.php

Home Care Sector Faces Distancing, Supply Challenges

Mar 26, 2020 By Katie Lannan Agencies Take Steps to Ensure Elder Care Older adults are among those most at risk from the coronavirus, and the agencies and workers that deliver them meals and care for them in their homes are confronting new challenges during the public health crisis. While facing additional demand with more…
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A Renewed Commitment to our Nation’s Older Adults

Mar 25, 2020 By Lance Robertson, Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging, Administration for Community Living. Originally published on the HHS Blog. Today, our country affirmed the rights, dignity, independence, and well-being of older adults when President Trump signed HR4334, the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020 into law. The law reauthorizes critical Older Americans…
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Mass Home Care Statement on COVID19 Response

Mar 23, 2020 Mass Home Care (MHC) is the trade association representing the Commonwealth’s network of 28 Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) and Area Agencies Aging (AAAs). This single, statewide network of coordinated care delivers home and community based services to over 60,000 individuals per month, providing over $600 million per year in services. Our…
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Distraction-Free Driving

Feb 21, 2020 This Sunday, February 23, 2020, a new law becomes effective in Massachusetts.  The hands-free driving law prohibits operators of motor vehicles from using any electronic device, including mobile telephones, unless the device is used in hands-free mode. Penalties for breaking this law will include up to a $500 fine, mandatory attendance at…
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Medicare Savings Programs / MassHealth Buy-In

Feb 15, 2020 Working in an aging services agency, I hear stories quite often of seniors who are having to make horrible choices—should they buy their medication or groceries? Should they pay their utility bill or their Medicare premium?  Too many people simply do not have adequate assets and/or income to cover these necessary expenses.…
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I Have a Dream

Jan 17, 2020 This weekend, we remember and celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.  I recently read the full text of Dr. King’s memorable “I Have a Dream” speech, which he gave in August 1963 in Washington D.C. I had not read this speech since I was a high school student, and it…
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