HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1481        FILED ON: 1/18/2017

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 336


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Jennifer E. Benson


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 regarding spouses as caregivers.






Date Added:

Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex


Frank A. Moran

17th Essex


Jay R. Kaufman

15th Middlesex


José F. Tosado

9th Hampden


Joseph D. McKenna

18th Worcester


Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden


Mathew Muratore

1st Plymouth


Carole A. Fiola

6th Bristol


Steven S. Howitt

4th Bristol


Denise Provost

27th Middlesex


Marjorie C. Decker

25th Middlesex


Sarah K. Peake

4th Barnstable


Kevin J. Kuros

8th Worcester


Kenneth I. Gordon

21st Middlesex


Jason M. Lewis

Fifth Middlesex


Claire D. Cronin

11th Plymouth


Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex


William C. Galvin

6th Norfolk


Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol


James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex


Kay Khan

11th Middlesex


Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex


Steven Ultrino

33rd Middlesex


Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex


Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex


Susan Williams Gifford

2nd Plymouth


Chris Walsh

6th Middlesex


Barbara A. L'Italien

Second Essex and Middlesex


Jennifer L. Flanagan

Worcester and Middlesex


Paul Brodeur

32nd Middlesex


Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk


Denise C. Garlick

13th Norfolk


Antonio F. D. Cabral

13th Bristol


Michelle M. DuBois

10th Plymouth


Mary S. Keefe

15th Worcester


Joan B.  Lovely

Second Essex


James M. Murphy

4th Norfolk


Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester


RoseLee Vincent

16th Suffolk


Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex


David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex


Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk


Anne M. Gobi

Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex


Thomas P. Walsh

12th Essex


Paul Tucker

7th Essex


Paul W. Mark

2nd Berkshire


David M. Nangle

17th Middlesex


John C. Velis

4th Hampden


Bruce J. Ayers

1st Norfolk


James J. O'Day

14th Worcester


Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk


Linda Dean Campbell

15th Essex


Alice Hanlon Peisch

14th Norfolk


Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex


James Arciero

2nd Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1481        FILED ON: 1/18/2017

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 336

By Ms. Benson of Lunenburg, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 336) of Jennifer E. Benson and others relative to spouses as caregivers.  Elder Affairs.


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the One Hundred and Ninetieth General Court



An Act regarding spouses as caregivers.


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. Section 9 of Chapter 118E is hereby amended by adding in the second sentence of the second paragraph, after the words “requirements for Title XIX” the following new language:--

“Any program of home and community based services funded pursuant to the provisions of this chapter or pursuant to the provisions of chapter one hundred and eighteen G, in which family members are permitted to serve as paid caregivers, shall include spouses within the definition of family member; provided further, that the Executive Office of Health and Human Services shall file a state plan amendment or wavier application, as is required to allow spouses to serve as paid caregivers."