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Council submits written testimony to DHCFP

On Tuesday, Febraury 21, the Providers' Council submitted written testimony to the Division of Health Care Finance & Policy on114.4 CMR 13.00, Payments for Youth Intermediate-Term Stabilization Services. The Council previously submitted oral testimony in January at a public hearing in Shrewsbury.

Voter registration deadline is next Wednesday!

In order to vote in Massachusetts Presidential Primary on March 6, you must be registered to vote by Wednesday, February 15!

Council co-sponsors social enterprise forum

The Providers' Council co-sponsored a forum on Thursday, January 26 to advance human services social enterprises and purpose businesses in Massachusetts. Other co-sponsors included the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, and the Massachusetts Chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance. The forum provided an opportunity to learn about resources available to social enterprises and to discuss what additional support is needed. The forum was well attended by more than fifty providers, state representatives, and academics interested in social enterprise.

Governor Patrick releases FY ‘13 budget proposal

This morning Governor Deval Patrick released his FY '13 budget proposal. The Council is continuing to analyze the line items that affect our members; however, based on an early review, we are pleased to report that your continued advocacy has resulted in level or increased funding for many programs across EOHHS.

State issues Social Innovation Financing RFRs

The Executive Office of Administration & Finance on Wednesday issued Requests for Response in an effort to encourage innovative solutions to social problems, improve the performance of government and save taxpayer money.

Register to vote by Feb. 15 deadline

Are you registered to vote for the March 6 presidential primary in Massachusetts? Do you know how to look up your polling place?

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.

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.

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.

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