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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1397        FILED ON: 1/16/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2047


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Sarah K. Peake and Patricia D. Jehlen


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 resolve:

Resolve establishing a special commission on LGBT aging.






Sarah K. Peake

4th Barnstable

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

Peter V. Kocot

1st Hampshire

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Tricia Farley-Bouvier

3rd Berkshire

Gloria L. Fox

7th Suffolk

Mary S. Keefe

15th Worcester

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

Frank I. Smizik

15th Norfolk

Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera

10th Hampden

Brian R. Mannal

2nd Barnstable

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Timothy R. Madden

Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

Paul Brodeur

32nd Middlesex

Thomas P. Conroy

13th Middlesex

Kate Hogan

3rd Middlesex

Karen E. Spilka

Second Middlesex and Norfolk

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Paul R. Heroux

2nd Bristol

Carlos Henriquez

5th Suffolk

Martin J. Walsh

13th Suffolk

Timothy J. Toomey, Jr.

26th Middlesex

Denise C. Garlick

13th Norfolk

Daniel B. Winslow

9th Norfolk

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1397        FILED ON: 1/16/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2047

By Representative Peake of Provincetown and Senator Jehlen, a joint petition (accompanied by resolve, House, No. 2047) of Sarah K. Peake and others for an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) relative to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender aging.  Public Health. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



Resolve establishing a special commission on LGBT aging.


              Resolved, SECTION 1.  There shall be a special commission to investigate, analyze and study the health, housing, financial, psycho-social and long-term care needs of older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) adults and their caregivers and to make recommendations to improve access to benefits and services where appropriate and necessary. The special commission shall consist of twenty members including 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 secretary of housing and community development, or a designee; the commissioner of public health, or a designee; the director of the LGBT Aging Project, or a designee; the director of Fenway Health, or a designee; the executive director of GLAD, or a designee; a representative of the National Association of HIV Over Fifty; the executive director of MassEquality or a designee; the executive director of the Massachusetts Home Care Association, or a designee; the director of AARP Massachusetts, or a designee; the executive director of the Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging Inc., or a designee; the director of the Massachusetts Nursing Home Federation, or a designee; the director of the Massachusetts Council of Home Care Aides, or a designee; and five members appointed by the governor,  one of whom shall be a member of the Massachusetts bar who practices elder law; one of whom shall be an expert in LGBT public policy or research; and three LGBT elders, at least one of whom shall be transgender.   The Governor’s appointees shall insure at least one representative is from Cape Cod, as well as the western and central portions of the state.  

              The commission shall also examine the impact of state policies and regulations on LGBT older adults and make recommendations to ensure equality of access, treatment, care and benefits.  The commission shall examine strategies to increase provider awareness of the needs of LGBT older adults and their caregivers and to improve the competence of and access to treatment, services and on-going care, including preventive care. The commission shall assess the funding and programming needed to enhance services to the growing population of LGBT older adults and to examine best practices for increasing access, reducing isolation, preventing abuse and exploitation, promoting independence and self-determination, strengthening caregiving, eliminating disparities, and improving quality of life. 

              In particular, the commission shall examine the extent to which policies and practices, or the absence thereof, promote the premature admission of LGBT older adults to institutional care and to recommend, as appropriate and necessary, lower-cost and culturally appropriate home and community-based alternatives.  The commission shall also examine the feasibility of developing statewide training curricula to improve provider competency in the delivery of health, housing and long-term support services to older LGBTs and their caregivers, as well as outreach protocols to reduce apprehension among LGBT elders and caregivers of mainstream providers.  The commission, in formulating its recommendations, shall take into account the best policies and practices in other states and jurisdictions. The commission shall be empowered to hold regular public meetings, fact-finding hearings and other public forums as it considers necessary. The commission shall file its recommendations, together with recommendations for legislation, if any, with the clerks of the House of Representatives and Senate within 12 months of the first convening of the commission.

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