Advocacy

MCOA Executive Director David P. Stevens and Board Members represent MCOA’s interests before legislative leaders on Beacon Hill while COA Directors speak with their elected officials in the districts. These efforts focus upon the COA formula and incentive grant, line item 9110-9002. The campaign for FY’17 succeeded in raising the formula grant to $10/elder (from $9/elder in FY16).

COAs are the first stop on the elder care continuum. As such, they educate elders about issues and then link them with activities and services at the COA or provided by others.  The additional FY17 funding means COAs can boost staff capacity to serve an ever-growing elder population – which is 21% bigger than the last census taken in 2010 –  AND better tackle the social determinants of health.  COAs help elders remove real barriers to healthy aging and financial well-being – such as unclear information, no transit, inadequate income, unsafe living situations, poor mental health, to name only a few. *

MCOA staff work with over 30 state agencies, legislative bodies, aging services professionals, and advocacy groups to address service needs and better meet the needs of older adults, including:

  • Health and Human Services
  • Elder Affairs
  • Public Health
  • Mental Health
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Transportation and the RMV
  • Veterans’ Services
  • Mass Municipal Association
  • Department of Revenue
  • UMass Gerontology Institute
  • Mass Senior Action Coalition
  • AARP
  • Mass Home Care/MA Home Care Aide
  • Attorney General
  • Public Safety
  • MLRI & Legal Services Agencies
  • Mass Public Health Association
  • Legislative Commissions for LGBT Elders & Elder Economic Security
  • NCOA and ASA, and others…

*For more details on the needs of elders, see the MA Health Aging Collaborative Healthy Aging Report.

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Massachusetts Councils
on Aging

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Telephone: 413-527-6425
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