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Loan repayment, social enterprise bills get favorable reports

The Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities advanced the Council's student loan repayment legislation.

Council attending upcoming Chapter 257 information sessions

The Providers' Council is attending all Chapter 257 information sessions that are being held across the Commonwealth.

Committee removes right-of-first-refusal provision

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.

Council sends letter in opposition to Right of First Refusal provision

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.

Joint Committee on Ways & Means to hold Feb. 22 hearing

The Joint Committee on Ways & Means has scheduled an FY '17 budget hearing on Feb. 22 for EOHHS agencies.

Save the date for great Council events in April!

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!

Council, coalition opposing right-of-first-refusal plan

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.

Governor’s budget focuses on opioids, children and jobs

Overall, the budget plan invests in human services, but the Council is monitoring some proposed changes.

Rate hearings next week for Family Stabilization, three others

The state will hear comments on proposed rate adjustments made in accordance with Chapter 257.

State releases Salary Reserve information

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.

‘Health care costs are killing us’

The Council and members testify in support of a bill that would allow human service organizations to join the Group Insurance Commission.

Council hosts forum with ANF, EOHHS secretaries

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

Council to host ANF forum with Secretary Lepore

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.

Council submits testimony on Community Services Network rates

The Providers' Council on Monday, November 23 submitted testimony on Community Services Network rates to the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

Council gives testimony for loan repayment bill

Council members, along with Council President and CEO Michael Weekes, testified at the State House on loan repayment for direct care human service workers.

Legislature agrees to fund Salary Reserve annualization; awaiting signature from Gov. Baker

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.

Council gives testimony for tuition remission bill

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.

Gov. Baker submits Supplemental Budget bill

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.

Mass Budget Headed to Gov. Baker for Signature

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.

Senate Ways & Means Releases Budget Recommendations

On May 12, Senate Ways & Means Committee released a $38 billion budget proposal for FY '16.

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