HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1012        FILED ON: 1/18/2017

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1873


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Jerald A. Parisella


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act increasing access to medical care for veterans.






Date Added:

Jerald A. Parisella

6th Essex


José F. Tosado

9th Hampden


Carole A. Fiola

6th Bristol


Steven Ultrino

33rd Middlesex


Richard J. Ross

Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex


Alan Silvia

7th Bristol


Shawn Dooley

9th Norfolk


James M. Kelcourse

1st Essex


Jason M. Lewis

Fifth Middlesex


Daniel Cahill

10th Essex


Ann-Margaret Ferrante

5th Essex


Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex


Joseph W. McGonagle, Jr.

28th Middlesex


Daniel J. Ryan

2nd Suffolk


John H. Rogers

12th Norfolk


Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden


Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex


Angelo L. D'Emilia

8th Plymouth


Kate Hogan

3rd Middlesex


Joan B.  Lovely

Second Essex


James M. Murphy

4th Norfolk


Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex


James J. O'Day

14th Worcester


Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk


Paul Tucker

7th Essex


Donald R. Berthiaume, Jr.

5th Worcester


James Arciero

2nd Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1012        FILED ON: 1/18/2017

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1873

By Mr. Parisella of Beverly, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1873) of Jerald A. Parisella and others for legislation to exempt certain veterans from fares for the use of facilities of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and regional transit authorities.  Transportation.


SEE HOUSE, NO. 3057 OF 2015-2016.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the One Hundred and Ninetieth General Court



An Act increasing access to medical care for veterans.


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

Section 5 of Chapter 161A of the General Laws is hereby 2 amended by adding at the end thereof the following paragraph:— (s) The authority and any regional or local transportation authority in the Commonwealth shall permit any veteran, as certified by the United States Department of Defense, to use commuter rail, subway, bus, shuttle and boat services at no cost to said veteran; provided that said veteran is utilizing transportation to travel to or from a Veterans Administration hospital for medical care; and provided further, that said veteran presents proof of a medical appointment on the date of travel in the form of a notice from the Veterans Administration indicating the veteran’s name and the date and location of said appointment.