SENATE DOCKET, NO. 789        FILED ON: 2/8/2021

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 777


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



John F. Keenan


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 promoting workforce development and provider retention at community health centers.







John F. Keenan

Norfolk and Plymouth


Brendan P. Crighton

Third Essex


Diana DiZoglio

First Essex


Christina A. Minicucci

14th Essex


Mary S. Keefe

15th Worcester


James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester


Jack Patrick Lewis

7th Middlesex


Brian W. Murray

10th Worcester


Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester


Eric P. Lesser

First Hampden and Hampshire


Joanne M. Comerford

Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester


Mathew J. Muratore

1st Plymouth


John C. Velis

Second Hampden and Hampshire


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 789        FILED ON: 2/8/2021

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 777

By Mr. Keenan, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 777) of John F. Keenan, Brendan P. Crighton, Diana DiZoglio, Christina A. Minicucci and other members of the General Court for legislation to promote workforce development and provider retention at community health centers.  Health Care Financing.


SEE SENATE, NO. 690 OF 2019-2020.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the One Hundred and Ninety-Second General Court



An Act promoting workforce development and provider retention at community health centers.


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. Chapter 118E of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2018 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following new section:-

Section 79. The division shall establish a community health center Nurse Practitioner residency program for the purposes of recruiting and retaining Nurse Practitioners at community health centers in order to increase access to high-quality community-based primary and preventative care.

These programs shall:

(i) Provide a 24- month post-graduate residency program, administered by community health centers, defined as community health centers receiving a grant under 42 USC 254b, for certified Nurse Practitioners who have graduated from an accredited school of nursing within the past three years;

(ii) Provide Nurse Practitioners in the program with patient panels under the supervision and mentorship of a physician or other Advanced Practice Registered Nurse at a community health center, and;

(iii) Encourage Nurse Practitioners to continue careers in primary care or other fields at community health centers.

Nothing in this section shall be interpreted to conflict with, replace, or supersede any licensure requirements or standards for the advanced nursing practice established pursuant to chapters 94C or 112.

SECTION 2. The division shall make expenditures of no less than $2,500,000 annually to this program and shall seek federal Medicaid reimbursement for this program as graduate medical education.

SECTION 3. The division shall promulgate regulations to implement said program, including program details and grant guidelines as necessary, no later than six months after the passage of this act.