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Council issues comments on ‘dual eligibles’

The Providers' Council on Monday, January 9, sent its comments on the State Demonstration to Integrate Care for Dual Eligible Individuals to EOHHS Secretary Dr. JudyAnn Bigby.

Salary Reserve distribution information from EOHHS

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services is getting ready to implement the FY '12 Salary Reserve process and wishes to inform you of some key aspects of the process that need your immediate attention.

Social Enterprise Forum to be held Jan. 26

The Providers' Council and the Massachusetts Chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance will join the state Executive Office of Health & Human Services, the Executive Office of Aministration & Finance and the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development on Thursday, January 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to hold a Forum to Advance Human Services Social Enterprises & Social Purposes Businesses.

Council, members receive press mentions for income tax stance

The Providers' Council and others in the human services sector received mentions in the press in mid-December for their position that the income tax rate cut -- from 5.3 percent to 5.25 percent -- could mean a loss of services and may mislead taxpayers into thinking the state has the revenue it needs to meet upcoming obligations.

Income tax rate cut could hurt state’s most vulnerable

With Massachusetts' officials poised to reduce the state's income tax rate, the Providers' Council issued the following release highlighting the potential risks involved with reducing revenues at a time when the state is already anticipating a budget shortfall for the next fiscal year.

Governor Patrick signs supplemental budget with $10 million Salary Reserve

On October 27, Governor Patrick signed the supplemental spending bill that includes a one-time, $10 million Salary Reserve for human services workers earning less than $40,000 per year. The payment of the Salary Reserve is contingent on the state's tax revenue as of January 15, 2012.

Attorney General Martha Coakley meets with Council Board of Directors

Attorney General Martha Coakley met with the Providers' Council Board of Directors on Wed., November 2, 2011 to discuss her office and answer questions from providers.

Bill giving nonprofits access to state retirement plans passes House

A bill that would allow nonprofits to access retirement savings plans managed by the state passed the House on Wednesday, October 27, clearing another hurdle in becoming a law.

Council, members deliver testimony on GIC bill

The Providers' Council and two member organizations presented testimony on Tuesday, October 25 on House Bill 1191, An Act Relative to Access to Health Insurance for Human Service Providers and their Employees.

Council defends sector in Herald Letter to the Editor

Providers' Council President and CEO Michael Weekes had a letter to the editor in the Boston Herald on Thursday, October 20, defending the human services sector. A former public official, in a Herald story on Monday, October 17, claimed it is "very difficult to get information" from the human services sector.

ALERT: Please call Governor Patrick in support of Salary Reserve!

Please call Governor Deval Patrick's staff at 617.725.4005 and let them know you want the Governor to sign the Supplemental Budget Bill with Section 95 -- the Human Services Salary Reserve -- not reduced.

Council members & Mass. nonprofits send letter to Kerry

Nearly 240 nonprofits, many of them Providers' Council members, have signed onto a letter to Senator John Kerry, a member of the "supercommittee," asking him to protect the tax deduction for charitable giving that benefits so many nonprofits. The Providers' Council sent its own letter -- as well as the list of nonprofits -- to the senator on Monday, Oct. 17.

Council testifies on Rates for Community-Based Day Support Services (114.4 CMR 15.00)

On Friday, October 14, the Providers' Council delivered the following testimony to the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy regarding 114.4 CMR 15.00 -- Rates for Community-Based Day Support Services.

16 new courses added to Providers’ eAcademy

Providers' eAcademy is pleased to announce that 16 new courses have been added to the library in September and October.

Council quoted in AP coverage of supplemental spending bill

In its coverage of the supplemental spending bill recently passed by the Massachusetts House of Representatives, the Associated Press included a mention of the $10 million Salary Reserve for low-paid human service workers and included a quote from Providers' Council President/CEO Michael Weekes.

Providers’ Council, members testify on insurance bills

On Tuesday, October 3, Providers' Council President/CEO Michael Weekes and HMEA President/CEO Michael Moloney (a Council member) testified in favor of two bills that could enable human service workers to access more affordable health care.

RATE SETTING REFORM: THE VICTORIES, CHALLENGES & BRIGHT FUTURE OF A MOVEMENT - Part I, The History:

Today, we stand at yet another crossroads, a point at which the future could be brighter than ever or more of the same. As such, we feel it is useful, crucial perhaps, to consider where we've been and where we're going. With that in mind, we present this three-part series, Rate-Setting Reform: The Victories, Challenges & Bright Future of a Movement, to reflect on the history of our movement and, given the latest developments, the forecast.

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