News Council submits testimony at two Chapter 257 rate hearings

The Providers’ Council submitted testimony today for two Chapter 257 hearings, regarding updated rates for Early Intervention Program Services and General Programs – Disability Services.

The rates for both services were being updated to include a cost adjustment factor (CAF) of 2.71 percent and all staff salaries were benchmarked to the Massachusetts Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) median wages as dated May 2022 at the 53rd percentile. The tax and fringe rates for both services were also benchmarked to 27.38 percent and the administrative allocation was benchmarked to 12 percent.

The Council urged the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) to incorporate the 75th percentile of the BLS data to ensure community-based human services organizations are able to recruit and retain workers in an increasingly competitive environment.

The Council also asked EOHHS to discard its inadequate CAF of 2.71 percent and to instead consider using the latest Consumer Price Index of 3.4 percent or Social Security Administration cost-of-living adjustment of 3.2 percent, as well as raise the administrative allocation to between 15 and 18 percent.

Click here to read the Council’s full testimony. 

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