MCOA Membership Alert: FY21 SHINE
MCOA is asking our membership to join elder Advocates from around the state to contact their Senators to support the SHINE Amendment. Amendment 204 filed by Becca Rausch and Pat Jehlen provides $1m in additional resources for a program that has endured significant Federal cuts over the last several years.
Simply call your Senator and ask him/her “to co-sponsor Amendment 204 to the Senate Ways and Means FY21 proposal”. The language of the amendment is included below along with a fact sheet for your edification.
These calls need to be made Monday and Tuesday. As Senators sign on as co-sponsors they should be listed here: https://malegislature.gov/Budget/FY2021/SenateDebate/Amendments/SHINE
Budget Amendment ID: FY2021-S4-204
Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone (SHINE)
Ms. Rausch and Ms. Jehlen moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 9110-1455, by inserting the following:- ; provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be expended for additional funding for the Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone, or SHINE program, so-called, administered by the executive office in partnership with local, community-based organizations, including but not limited to, councils on aging, aging service access points and others; and
by striking out the figure $16,249,455 and inserting in place thereof the following figure:- $17,249,455.
Thank you for your attention to this matter!
David P. Stevens
Massachusetts Councils on Aging