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United Arc families share stories with area legislators

January 26, 2017,

Late last year, twelve Franklin County families met at The United Arc Family Center in Turners Falls with then State Senator-Elect Adam Hinds (Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden District), Jessie Cooley, aide to Rep. Paul Mark (Second Berkshire District), and Paul Dunphy, Director of Constituent Services for Rep. Stephen Kulik (First Franklin District). This meeting was a result of a newly formed Parent/Caregiver group started by United Arc’s Family Support …

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End of Formal State Legislative Session

July 28, 2016 Massachusetts State House

The Massachusetts General Court (our legislature) has wrapped up its session with veto overrides and the passage of several bills. Lower than expected revenues were a major factor in the decisions made. The governor further reduced the budget by $256 million through vetoes after legislators made significant reductions. Typically, the conference committee negotiates between the funding in each branch’s budget, but this time the falling revenues forced decision makers to …

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The Arc Appreciates Conferees – Still Facing Hurdles -Article Updated

June 30, 2016, Massachusetts State House

The Arc of Massachusetts thanks lawmakers for the conference committee budget.  The unexpected drop in revenues required the legislature and administration to think through the FY’2017 budget again in a very short amount of time. The budget in DDS (Dept. Developmental Services) and other disability line items tracked closely with the House and Senate blueprints.  Constituents in need of services, providers and state agency staff will still face challenges in …

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Changes In MassHealth

June 20, 2016 Massachusetts State House

MassHealth recently made two announcements regarding upcoming changes in the delivery of health and long term services.  A new Medicaid waiver is being provided to the Federal government.   The new proposed waiver and a summary are both located here.  This page also includes dates for stakeholder listening sessions located in Boston (6/24) and Fitchburg (6/27).   If the link doesn’t work you can head to www.mass.gov/hhs/masshealth-innovations and choose 1115 Waiver Proposal …

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