The Arc Appreciates Conferees – Still Facing Hurdles -Article Updated

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

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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Senate Ways and Means Report

Massachusetts State House

May 17, 2016   The Arc of Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Report May 17, 2016 The Senate Ways and Means Committee released their version of the FY’17 budget on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. Family support gains were at $6.7 Million; similar to the House and Governor’s budget. In addition, the dollars for Turning 22 were increased by $1 Million relative to the House budget. Next year, DDS (Dept. Developmental …

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Budget Debate Moves to the Senate

The Senate has begun the review process for their version of the FY’17 Budget with an expected release date of May 17th. Part of that effort involves The Arc and other providers working with Senators to advocate for budget line items that will benefit those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The final House version of the budget line items closely reflected the same amounts that were listed in the governor’s …

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Great Progress On The Arc’s Priority Bills

S1179 / H1932 passed through the Joint Committee on Public Health and is on its way! We have had great support this session for the medical and health professional training bill focusing in on the unique health care needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities including autism. This legislation provides a certification through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts using the Operation House Call training model. Thank you to our dedicated leaders …

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The 38th Annual Legislative Reception

On Wednesday, March 9th, 2016, The Arc of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC) hosted the 38th Annual Legislative Reception at the State House. Over 300 people attended the event honoring Representative Ronald Mariano and Senator Joan Lovely; as well as the work that has been done for individuals with disabilities. Senate President Stan Rosenberg and Speaker Bob DeLeo led the presentations to the honorees. During her time …

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Take Action Now on the State Budget

Massachusetts State House

Dear Families and Friends, Advocacy has begun for Family Support, Turning 22, Employment and other important programs that help children and adults. You can jump now to this page to take action! The email focuses upon the Supporting Families campaign and community line items which relate to adult services and turning 22. Your participation makes a difference as representatives and senators will be responsive to you as a resident in …

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