News — State Legislature
The Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities advanced the Council's student loan repayment legislation.
The Providers' Council is attending all Chapter 257 information sessions that are being held across the Commonwealth.
The Joint Committee on Revenue Tuesday reported out a bill "in part" but removed a potentially damaging provision that would give cities and towns a right-of-first-refusal provision when a nonprofit seeks to sell property or change its use.
The Providers' Council joined other human services membership associations on Thursday, February 18 in sending a letter to the Joint Committee on Revenue in opposition to Section 27 of House Bill 3908, An act modernizing municipal finance and government.
The Joint Committee on Ways & Means has scheduled an FY '17 budget hearing on Feb. 22 for EOHHS agencies.
The Providers' Council will host its Annual Business Meeting, Forum on Workforce Projections 2020 and 5th Annual Caring Force Rally for Human Services in early April!
A section of the Governor's Municipal Reform Bill would give first-refusal to cities and towns when a nonprofit wants to sell or convert property.
Overall, the budget plan invests in human services, but the Council is monitoring some proposed changes.
The state will hear comments on proposed rate adjustments made in accordance with Chapter 257.
Departments are currently reviewing documents that annualize a $5.3M Salary Reserve into FY '16 contracts and will complete the amendment process by the week of Feb. 8.
The Council and members testify in support of a bill that would allow human service organizations to join the Group Insurance Commission.
The Providers' Council on Tuesday, December 22 held a forum with the secretaries of the Executive Office of Administration and Finance and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services
The Providers' Council will host an Administration & Finance Luncheon Forum on Tuesday, Dec. 22 featuring Administration & Finance Secretary Kristen Lepore and Health & Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders. The event is scheduled to take place at Suffolk University Law School from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Providers' Council on Monday, November 23 submitted testimony on Community Services Network rates to the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.
Council members, along with Council President and CEO Michael Weekes, testified at the State House on loan repayment for direct care human service workers.
The House and Senate reached agreement on a Supplemental Budget bill that will annualize the FY '15 Salary Reserve into the current fiscal year. The bill now heads to Governor Charlie Baker's desk where it needs to be signed by the end of October.
Provider members of the Providers' Council, along with their staff, gave testimony on Senate Bill 680, An act to promote higher education among employees of human service provider organizations to the Joint Committee on Higher Education.
In addition to signing the FY '16 state budget on July 17, Governor Charlie Baker also filed a Supplemental Budget bill to support the recommendations from the Governor's Opioid Working Group and to fund the annualization of the FY '15 Human Services Salary Reserve, along with other items.
The long awaited Conference Committee budget was finally release late Tuesday, July 7 and quickly approved Wednesday, July 8. Governor Baker now has ten days to sign or veto the budget proposal.
On May 12, Senate Ways & Means Committee released a $38 billion budget proposal for FY '16.