MCOA Membership

Earlier tonight the full Senate passed both of our amendments and allot of other Elder Care agenda items!

Thanks for all your great work. 

  • Highlights:
  • Fully funding the Service Incentive Grant Program while maintaining $12/Formula Grant = 25 co-sponsors via two separate Amendments #655 & 484
  • Additional funding for Elder Mental Health = 18 co-sponsors

 MCOA led amendments:

 25 co-sponsors between 2 amendments for SIG full funding  ADOPTED

# 655  Grants to Councils on Aging Ms. Rausch, Ms. Jehlen, Messrs. Brady, Moore and Welch, Ms. DiZoglio, Messrs. Finegold, Feeney, O’Connor and Eldridge, Ms. Comerford, Messrs. Kennedy, Lesser, Timilty, Keenan and Hinds, Ms. Gobi, Messrs. Collins, Montigny, deMacedo and Tran, Ms. Lovely, Messrs. Humason and Tarr moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 9110-9002, by striking out the figure “$16,740,125” and inserting in place thereof the figure:- “$17,225,000”.

#484 Grants to  Councils on Aging (One additional sponsor listed in bold for a total of 25 co-sponsors)  Messrs. Tran, Fattman, Collins, Timilty, Tarr, Welch and O’Connor moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 9110-9002, by striking out the figure “$16,740,125” and inserting in place thereof the following figure:- “$17,225,000”.

  • 18 co-sponsors for extra funds for EMHOT ADOPTED

# 578  Mental Health for Older Adults Mr. Cyr, Ms. Jehlen, Messrs. Eldridge and Welch, Ms. DiZoglio, Messrs. Feeney, O’Connor and Moore, Ms. Rausch, Messrs. Timilty, Keenan, Collins, Montigny, Tran, deMacedo and Brady, Ms. Gobi and Ms. Lovely moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 9110-1640, by striking out the figure “$500,000″ and inserting in place thereof the following figure:- “$800,000”.

Other Important Outcomes that MCOA supported:

#434 REDRAFT= 4000-0300 SNAP GAP Pilot  ADOPTED  

22 co-sponsors Messrs. DiDomenico and Eldridge, Ms. Comerford, Messrs. Welch and Moore, Ms. Jehlen, Ms. DiZoglio, Messrs. Crighton and Tarr, Ms. Gobi, Ms. Rausch, Messrs. Collins, Finegold, Brady, Kennedy, Timilty, Cyr, Lesser, O’Connor and Feeney, Ms. Lovely and Mr. Tran moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 4000-0300, by adding the following words:- “; provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be provided to the executive office to establish a pilot to allow low-income applicants and recipients of MassHealth and the Medicare Savings Program to initiate an application for federally-funded supplemental nutrition assistance benefits at the same time as their application or renewal for MassHealth or the Medicare Savings Program; provided further, that the executive office shall ensure that relevant eligibility information and verifications provided by the applicant or recipient are transferred from MassHealth to the department of transitional assistance to determine eligibility; provided further, that not later than October 1, 2019, the executive office shall submit a report to the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means outlining the additional costs and federal reimbursement opportunities involved in a common application portal for all MassHealth and Medicare Savings Program applicants and recipients with gross incomes under 200 per cent of the federal poverty level”; and by striking out the figure “$107,816,936” and inserting in place thereof the following figure:- “$108,816,936”.

# 541= xxxx-xxxx Home Care Aide Skills Training ADOPTED   

5 co-sponsors Ms. Jehlen, Mr. Moore, Ms. DiZoglio, Messrs. O’Connor and Feeney moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, by adding the following line item: XXXX-XXXX For a grant program administered by the Secretary of Elder Affairs focused on advanced skill training for the home care aide workforce that serves consumers of the elder home care program administered by the Department of Elder Affairs………..$1,000,000.

# 539= xxxx-xxxx Salary Adjustment front line elder care workers WITHDRAWN

  • 9 co-sponsorsJehlen, Mr. Moore, Ms. Rausch, Messrs. Feeney, Eldridge, Brady and Crighton, deMacedo and O’Connor

#544= 4400-1001 Healthy Incentives Program WITHDRAWN- SWM FUNDING PROPOSED AT $6.5M STANDS

  • 24 co-sponsorsGobi, Ms. Comerford, Messrs. Lesser, Brady, Crighton, Welch, Kennedy, Eldridge and Moore, Ms. Rausch, Ms. DiZoglio, Mr. Feeney, Ms. Jehlen, Messrs. Humason, O’Connor, Timilty and Tarr, Ms. Chang-Diaz, Messrs. Collins, Hinds, Cyr, Fattman and Finegold and Montigny


8 co-sponsors   Crighton, Ms. Jehlen, Messrs. Moore, Feeney, Fattman, Brady and Collins and O’Connor

Next Steps:

Conference Committee, comprised of 3 Senators and 3 Representatives will reconcile differences between the final House and final Senate versions.

  1. 9110-9002 Full Funding of SIG while maintaining  $12/elder should stand but earmarks will need to be reconciled.
  2. 9110-1640 Additional funding for EMHOT House proposed $500,000 (level funding) Senate increased allocation to $800,000-
  3. SNAP Gap Pilot: House did not include demonstration program- Senate did
  4. Home Care Adie Skills Training: House did not include allocation- Senate did
  5. 4400-1001 Healthy Incentive Program (HIP) the Senate includes more funding than the House version

For #2-5 MCOA supports Senate version.

For the Salary Adjustment for frontline  workers and additional funding for Supportive Housing also referenced above – Neither the House or the Senate addressed these requests thus ending the debate on these motions at this time.

MCOA will be in contact shortly to seek your support with #2-5 and to begin a major THANK YOU Campaign for ALL Representatives and Senators.

Thanks again for all your hard work : IT PAID OFF!


David P. Stevens
Executive Director
Massachusetts Councils on Aging
Cell: 413.539.0565


MCOA Membership should recognize that certain members because of leadership position cannot sign onto amendments; in addition some members prefer not to sign onto multiple statewide initiatives to focus on local needs. We ask that you simply thank them for at least considering our request.

Senate Leadership = 17 both Democrats & Republican; 40 total Senators

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