Each legislative session which lasts two calendar years, MassNAELA advocates for legislation that will help our elderly clients, clients with special needs, and their families here in Massachusetts. Below are the seven legislative bills that MassNAELA is advocating for this legislative session along with a brief summary. To view the actual text of the bill please click directly on the bill number and to view a fact sheet about each bill click on the fact sheet link below the bill. For an overview of all the bills please click here.

How to find your legislator:  http://www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema/  type in your address and it will tell you who your state Rep and Senator are.  Click the name and it will take you to their contact information.

For more information, please contact Nomita Ganguly – nganguly@verizon.net; 781.354.2444.

Consumer Protections for Assisted Living Residents – An Act Protecting The Rights Of Assisted Living Residents
Representative Barber/ Senator Jehlen
H.599 (Elder Affairs Committee)/S.156 (Consumer Protection Committee)

This bill requires the Attorney General to promulgate regulations to protect the consumer rights of assisted living residents and grant those residents at least the same tenant rights as individuals living in a rented apartment.

Fact Sheet

CCRC Fee Disclosure Agreements – An Act Relative To Disclosing Continuing Care Retirement Community Entrance Fees
Representative Khan/Senator Lovely
H.617 (Elder Affairs Committee)/S.368 (Elder Affairs Committee)

This bill requires Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) to clearly disclose policies regarding entrance fees for enrollees.  CCRC’s provide housing, meals and personal care services in a variety of settings including independent living facilities, assisted living residences and nursing home care.

Fact Sheet

CCRC Commission – Resolve Relative To A Special Continuing Care Retirement Communities Commission
Senator Rush
S.378 (Elder Affairs Committee)

This Resolve establishes a Commission to study Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC). 

Fact Sheet Coming Soon!

Pooled Trust – An Act to Preserve Special Needs Trusts for Disabled Seniors
Representative Hogan/Senator Jehlen
H.615 (Elder Affairs Committee); S.688 (Health Care Financing Committee)

This legislation will allow disabled individuals over 65 to continue to use pooled trusts for the purposes of MassHealth eligibility rather than being penalized for using these trusts. 

Fact Sheet

Community Care Bill – An Act to Support Equal Access to Community Care for Elders and the Disabled
Representative Higgins, Senator Comerford
H.128 (Committee on Children, Families, and the Disabled); S.668 (Health Care Financing Committee)

This bill would ease the financial impact of increased income by providing that PACE (Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) and HCBS (Home and Community Based Services Waiver) program participants and applicants with income over program limits be charged a premium equal to income above program income limits and below the average monthly cost of nursing home care.

Fact Sheet

Transfer of Assets Bill – An Act Relative to Transfers of Assets by MassHealth Members
Representative Barber, Senator Montigny
H.1128 (Health Care Financing Committee); S.709 (Health Care Financing Committee)

This legislation would protect innocent elders from ineligibility for MassHealth nursing home care. The bill clarifies that a period of ineligibility for nursing home care does not apply to an applicant who transferred assets for a purpose other than to qualify for MassHealth.

Fact Sheet

Undue Hardship Waiver Bill – An Act To Protect Masshealth Applicants Facing Undue Hardship
Representative Hogan, Senator Chandler
H.1161 (Health Care Financing Committee); S.663 (Health Care Financing Committee)

This bill would establish criteria to be used by MassHealth to determine whether a penalty for a transfer of assets would constitute an undue hardship to an applicant. 

Fact Sheet