September 21, 2016 Dinner Meeting: Updates in Special Needs Planning

MassNAELA's autumn programming kicks off with the latest updates in special needs planning. September 21, 2016 at 5:30 pm at the Boston Newton Marriott Register Online Now

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Margot G. Birke

Margot G. Birke

President MassNAELA 2016


Please Call Your State Senator to Support Amendments #34 and #472!

Senator Montigny filed MassNAELA’s Transfer of Assets bill as a budget amendment to the Senate budget.  This is a great opportunity to try and get this bill passed and to raise awareness of the issue, but we need you to make calls to your Senators:

Please call or email your state Senator by Monday afternoon, May 23rd and tell them you would like them to co-sponsor amendment #34 filed by Senator Montigny which will provide assistance to frail low-income seniors.  There is a fact sheet and the text of the amendment for you to share with the Senator’s offices and to reacquaint yourself with the bill.

Senator Brownsberger is filing an amendment to add MassNAELA to a Home Care Commission proposed in the Senate Ways and Means budget.  We need some support from other Senators to make sure this goes through.

Please call your state Senator by Monday afternoon May 23rd and ask them to co-sponsor amendment #472 filed by Senator Brownsberger which adds MassNAELA to the Home Care Commission established in Outside Section 74 of the budget.  I have attached the language of the Outside Section so you can see what the Commission will do.

Amendment 34 – Transfer of Assets – Montigny

OS 74 SWM budget fy17

Montigny amendment – TOA – TP

UPDATE ON EXPANDED ESTATE RECOVERY:  On April 13th, 2016, the House Ways and Means Committee released its version of the state budget which did not include a section expanding MassHealth estate recovery.  The next step in the process will be for the House to debate amendments to their budget and then Senate Ways and Means will release their budget in mid-May.  We will see then whether the Senate will include expanded estate recovery in their budget.  Thank you to everyone who has advocated on this issue, it is making a significant impact.

ONGOING WORK ON THE PACE/ WAIVER BILL:  MassNAELA BILL H966; S580: Support of An Act To Preserve Eligibility for the PACE Program And Certain Waivered Services, Representative Benson, Senator Eldridge, H966; S58O. MassNAELA drafted this bill to enable more elders to qualify for MassHealth programs that provide care at home. With concerted advocacy by members and their clients, we believe this bill may pass the legislature. You can help by taking two steps:

1) Sign and send this sample letter directly to your legislator; and

2) Send or give this sample letter to those clients and family members whom you identify as benefiting from the passing of this bill:

Please ask your clients to sign the letter to the legislator and forward it directly to their senator and representative.

For a fact sheet and copy of the Bill: