Transition Workshop & Panel Discussion

BCARC

Berkshire County Arc is hosting a FREE workshop on May 7th for parents and caregivers of students ages 14-22 who are in the process of transitioning fro school to adult services. Hear from professionals and parents for tips on what to expect and what you need to know for your child or family member. Click here for more information.

Insider’s View: Representative Jay Kaufman

Kaufman

I represent the 15th Middlesex District which includes the town of Lexington and two wards in Woburn. I first joined the legislature twenty years ago and currently chair the Joint Committee on Revenue. Over the years I have been honored to work with Minute Man Arc for Human Services and other groups to insure that we are meeting the needs of all those in our community. This year, as in …

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DDS Central Region Citizens Advisory Board’s Annual Legislative Breakfast

Michelle Harris, an Area Director in DDS' Central Region & Charlie Fiske Director of Public Policy of The Arc of Massachusetts

A large turnout marked the Central Region Citizen’s Advisory Board’s Annual Legislative Breakfast held on April 17th at Clark University in Worcester. Many state senators and representatives were on hand as DDS Commissioner Elin Howe outlined some of the gains proposed in the recently released House Ways and Means Committee budget. The theme of the breakfast was “Community Works” and Advisory Board co-chair and morning master of ceremonies Jack Foley …

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Insider’s View: Representative Michael Brady

Michael Brady

Since 2009 I have proudly represented the Ninth Plymouth district which includes many wards and precincts in Brockton. One of the greatest challenges is working to find the resources to meet the needs of the residents of Brockton. I serve on the Ways and Means Committee where we address the funding requests for entire state budget. In the spring of 2011, I became interested in the Brockton Area Arc’s involvement …

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The ABLE Act – Practical Perspectives

Hand signing paper

In the March issue of the Advocate, we published “Practical Perspectives on the ABLE Act”, an interview with John Nadworny CFP® and Fred Misilo of Fletcher Tilton, Attorneys at Law. It gives an overview of what the bill will enable families to do and its limitations as well. Click here to read the article “Practical Perspectives on the ABLE Act”

Important Update on MassHealth (Medicaid) Re-determinations

MassHealth Logo

In January, Medicaid started to send out eligibility re-determination notices for MassHealth. These notices should not be ignored as the individual will face a gap in MassHealth coverage until they submit a new application. Federal law requires that MassHealth renew member eligibility every 12 months. From this process MassHealth determines who remains eligible for the MassHealth programs. There are 1.7 Million people on MassHealth. There are roughly 500,000 individuals who …

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Insider’s View: Representative Garrett Bradley

Bradley

Since 2001 I have represented the Third Plymouth District which includes Hull, Cohasset and sections of Hingham and Scituate. Currently I serve in a House leadership position as Second Assistant Majority Leader. During the last legislative session we were active in advocating for a number of bills for those with disabilities that were signed into law by the governor. I am proud of the work that we have done with …

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