News — Testimony & Letters
The Executive Office of Health and Human Services has set two dates for public hearings on the development of the FY '14 state budget.
On Monday, July 9, Providers' Council President & CEO Michael Weekes co-signed a letter with other members of The Collaborative -- the Association for Behavioral Healthcare and the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers -- requesting Speaker DeLeo support an override of the Governor's veto of the Salary Reserve. Gov. Patrick's veto would reduce the Salary Reserve for human service workers from a $20 million fund for an annualized raise to $10 million for a one-time payment for a workforce of 31,500 workers who have gone five years without a raise.
EOHHS on Tuesday issued a Request for Response from Integrated Care Organizations for the state's Dual Eligibles demonstration.
Seventy state representatives, led by State Rep. David Linsky, recently sent a letter to House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Brian Dempsey, asking him to support a $20 million Salary Reserve during the Conference Committee deliberations. The Senate included the $20 million fund in its FY ’13 budget proposal.
Nearly 170 board members of community-based human services organizations sent a letter to House Speaker Robert DeLeo on Monday afternoon, asking him to agree with a portion of the Senate's budget proposal that would create a $20 million Salary Reserve fund for low-paid workers.
More than one-quarter of the Senate has signed on to help bring relief to human service workers by supporting a Salary Reserve in the Senate budget -- but that means nearly three-quarters of the Senate still need to hear from you.
The Providers' Council had a letter to the editor in the Boston Globe on Sunday, May 6. The Council was responding to Joan Vennochi's column of April 29, entitled "Nonprofit Greed's Real Victims."
Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill on Thursday, March 22 that will allow employees at small nonprofit organizations to join a retirement plan managed by the state treasurer and receiver general.
There were numerous bills filed in the legislature this year that had the potential to seek payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs) from tax-exempt nonprofit organizations. But these bills were sent to study by the Joint Committee on Revenue and will not be advancing this year.
The Providers' Council submitted testimony on the FY '13 Ways & Means budget during a public hearing at Gardner Auditorium on Friday, March 9.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.