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Council asks Congress to support legislation to extend charitable giving incentives

The Providers' Council asked Massachusetts Senator Markey, Senator Warren and Representative Tierney to make the three charitable tax incentives (extenders) permanent by passing H.R.5806 before the session ends this year.

State issues safety regs; public hearing set

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services has issued draft regulations for a Workplace Violence Prevention and Crisis Response Plan (101 CMR 19.00). The draft was released by EOHHS late last week, and public hearing on it has been scheduled.

State issues Adult Foster Care rates

The state has issued regulations for the emergency adoption for Adult Foster Care services (114.3 CMR 51.00).

EOHHS to hold FY ‘15 budget hearings

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services will hold two budget hearings over the next two weeks to receive public input regarding the office's FY '15 budget.

Council, members testify on aggregator legislation

The Providers' Council and three of its members testified on Tuesday, October 8 in support of a bill that could allow human services providers to aggregate for the purpose of purchasing health insurance.

State OSD maintains appeals procedures

The state Operational Services Division informed the Providers' Council late Friday afternoon that it will not make any changes to the appeals procedure as it had planned to do earlier this year.

Council, members testify in support of tuition remission expansion

The Providers' Council and three of its members testified Wednesday afternoon before the Joint Committee on Higher Education in support of two Senate bills that would expand the successful tuition remission program to cover graduate-level and continuing education courses.

Council submits testimony in opposition to PILOT bills

The Providers' Council has submitted testimony to the Joint Committee on Revenue on two bills that would force nonprofits to make payments in lieu of taxes -- or PILOTs.

Council, members testify on GIC legislation

Providers' Council President & CEO Michael Weekes and three Council members testified on Thursday, April 11 in support of legislation that would allow human services organizations and employees to access the Group Insurance Commission.

Providers’ Council submits formal testimony on Transitional Supports

The Providers' Council sent formal testimony to EOHHS regarding Family Transitional Support Services on Friday, March 22.

Council, members testify on Family Transitional Support rates

The Providers' Council and a number of its members testified Tuesday morning on new Family Transitional Support Services rates being proposed by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services under Chapter 257.

Council legislation receives bill numbers, committee designations

The six bills on the Providers' Council's 2013-2014 legislative agenda have all received bill numbers and committee designations.

Weekes, Sen. Warren, Reps. speak at rally about sequestration

Providers' Council President & CEO Michael Weekes joined U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren; U.S. Reps. Michael Capuano, Stephen Lynch, Ed Markey, John Tierney; and community leaders in discussing the devastating effect sequestration would have on Massachusetts if a solution is not discovered before Friday, March 1.

Council to seek a $16.6m Salary Reserve in FY ‘14

The Providers' Council will seek a $16.6 million Salary Reserve in FY '14

The Caring Force holds statewide meeting in Framingham

The Caring Force, a grassroots advocacy movement started by the Providers' Council, held a statewide meeting in Framingham on Thursday, February 14 where more than 60 people in attendance heard from Rep. David Linsky and members of The Caring Force.

Council sends letter to Rep. Neal on charitable deduction

Providers' Council President/CEO Michael Weekes sent a letter to Congressman Richard Neal on Thursday, February 14, asking him to protect the "charitable deduction for individuals so that charitable contributions can continue to support the vital programs and services on which our state's residents rely."

Adult Long-Term Residential and Family Transitional hearings scheduled

The state has scheduled public hearings on Rates for Adult Long-Term Residential Services and Rates for Family Transitional Support Services over the next few weeks.

Help support the Council’s 2013-2014 legislative agenda

Please help the Providers' Council secure co-sponsors for our 2013-2014 legislative agenda!

Council submits budget testimony to EOHHS

The Providers' Council submitted testimony on the FY '14 budget to the Executive Office of Health and Human Services on Wednesday morning.

Administration announces new Salary Reserve timeline

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services has published a new implementation timeline for the $20 million Salary Reserve.

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