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Help support the Council’s 2013-2014 legislative agenda

We celebrated several victories together on Beacon Hill over the past two years. Together, with your advocacy, we secured $30 million in funding for direct care workers through the Salary Reserve. We advocated for a bill, signed into law, that will help nonprofit employees plan for their retirement. And together, we grew The Caring Force to nearly 10,000 members and held a massive rally in the State House.

These victories would not have been possible without your help. As we turn to the 2013-2014 legislative session, we need your assistance to turn the bills on our legislative agenda into laws.

The Providers' Council and our legislative champions are introducing five bills that could help provider organizations and their employees. Download the overall one-page fact sheet for all five bills, learn more about them and download invididual fact sheets below, and e-mail your representative and senator and ASK THEM TO CO-SPONSOR THESE FIVE BILLS!

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HD 420: Group Insurance Commission (download the fact sheet)

This bill would allow providers to access the state's Group Insurance Commission (GIC) in an effort to increase access to health insurance products and control costs. GIC's large buying power could make insurance more affordable. 

FY '14 Fiscal Impact: $0

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SD 1396: Aggregator (download the fact sheet)

This bill would enable the Providers' Council to serve as a "qualified association" to aggregate members of any size for the purpose of procuring health insurance products at favorable rates.

FY '14 Fiscal Impact: $0

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SD 136: Loan Repayment Program (download the fact sheet)

This bill would establish an education loan repayment program for direct care workers, allowing eligible credentialed workers to receive up to $150/month for up to 48 months to repay a qualified education loan.

FY '14 Fiscal Impact: $3 million

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SD 210 / SD 99: Tuition Remission expansion (download the fact sheet)

This bill would expand the already existing Tuition Remission program by expanding benefits to include continuing education and graduate-level courses. Program would continue to run at no expense to the state.

FY '14 Fiscal Impact: $0 

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HD 1313: Grow Human Services Social Enterprises (download the fact sheet)

This bill would allow state procurement officers to award small contracts to human services social enterprises without a formal RFP process, expanding an already existing state mechanism for helping small businesses.

FY '14 Fiscal Impact: $0

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Please contact Bill Yelenak for any additional information about this legislation or the Council's legislative agenda for 2013-2014.