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Home care workers: poor caring for the poor

By Al Norman The home care program in Massachusetts has been described as a service in which low-income older women are taken care of by low-income younger women. The fact is, most clients— and their providers—are women. According to new research from the Paraprofessional HealthCare Institute (PHI) in New York,  home care workers in the […]

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The SNAP snafu

On April 9, the Mass Home Care Association and Mass Councils On Aging, sent a joint letter to the head of the state’s Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) about mismanagement of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as Food Stamps.

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Medicare vouchers? Oh no, not again

By Al Norman “Let me be clear,” U.S. Senator Ed Markey wrote. “I will not stand by and let the Republicans break the promise of Medicare.” Markey was responding to a federal budget resolution adopted by the House in late March that would dramatically change how health care is provided to all Americans. The House […]

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Sustaining MassHealth

By Al Norman As snowy February came to a close, Governor Charlie Baker told the public that “We are going to make some significant changes with respect to how the MassHealth program works going forward, because 13 percent growth in the MassHealth program is not only not sustainable for health and human services organizations; it’s not […]

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Gov. Jane Swift got it right on Home Care

By Al Norman In the middle of January 2015, a group of six elder advocacy groups wrote a letter to Gov. Charlie Baker, urging him not to cut the state’s home care budget for seniors. The governor has the option to use what are known as his “9c” powers to reduce funding without legislative approval. […]

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Older residents are footnotes in the political life of Massachusetts

By Al Norman The start of a new year always reminds me of what I did not get accomplished the year before. As a lobbyist for the elderly, I admit that often it seems that the list of what I did not get done is longer than what I got done. Here are a half-dozen […]

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