HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3472        FILED ON: 1/20/2017

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2888

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Denise C. Garlick

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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 creating a task force on Massachusetts older adults of all incomes.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Denise C. Garlick

13th Norfolk

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

Joseph W. McGonagle, Jr.

28th Middlesex

John H. Rogers

12th Norfolk

James M. Cantwell

4th Plymouth

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Robert M. Koczera

11th Bristol

José F. Tosado

9th Hampden

Barbara A. L'Italien

Second Essex and Middlesex

Daniel Cullinane

12th Suffolk

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

Carmine L. Gentile

13th Middlesex

Susannah M. Whipps

2nd Franklin

Bruce J. Ayers

1st Norfolk

Michael S. Day

31st Middlesex

Steven Ultrino

33rd Middlesex

Kenneth I. Gordon

21st Middlesex

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Jerald A. Parisella

6th Essex

Chris Walsh

6th Middlesex

Tricia Farley-Bouvier

3rd Berkshire


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3472        FILED ON: 1/20/2017

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2888

By Ms. Garlick of Needham, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2888) of Denise C. Garlick and others for legislation to establish a task force (including members of the General Court) on older adults of all incomes.  Elder Affairs.

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Ninetieth General Court
(2017-2018)

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An Act creating a task force on Massachusetts older adults of all incomes.

 

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

SECTION 1. (a) There shall be established a task force on older adults of all incomes, which shall study older adults, aged 60 years or older, and subpopulations of such older adults in the Commonwealth. Said study shall include, but not be limited to: a demographic and geographic profile of the aging population; program and support needs related to aging; the retirement and paid and unpaid work status of older adults; and, the ways in which older adults engage meaningfully with their communities and environments. The task force shall: (i) identify the current and future needs of the older adult population and; (ii) make recommendations for strategies to achieve a balanced array of culturally and linguistically competent services and opportunities for older adults across all income levels to ensure such individuals are able to meet needs consistent with their choices, finances and functional abilities.

(b) The task force shall consist of 15 members as follows: the house and senate chairs of the joint committee on elder affairs or their designees, who shall serve as co-chairs; the secretary of elder affairs or a designee; the assistant secretary for MassHealth or a designee; the secretary of veterans’ services or a designee; the house minority leader or designee; the senate minority leader or designee; the director of the Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston or a designee; the president of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation or a designee; the president of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts or a designee; 1 older adult board member of a local council on aging, who shall be appointed by the Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging and who shall not be an employee or paid consultant of the Association or of a local council on aging or of a senior center; 1 older adult member of the Massachusetts Senior Action Council, who shall not be an employee or paid consultant of the Senior Action Council; 1 member of AARP Massachusetts, who shall not be an employee or paid consultant of AARP; 1 older adult member of the Multicultural Coalition on Aging, who shall be an individual member of the Coalition and who shall not be an employee or paid consultant of the Coalition or of any of its member organizations; and 1 member who shall be an unpaid family or friend caregiver of an older adult.

(c) The task force may establish advisory committees, hold regular public meetings and conduct fact-finding hearings or other public forums as it considers necessary. The task force shall file a report with the governor, the speaker of the house of representatives, the senate president and the clerks of the house of representatives and senate not later than eighteen months after the date on which the task force is first convened. The final report shall include, but shall not be limited to, the task force's activities, findings and recommendations for legislation, if any. The task force shall expire two years after the task force is first convened.