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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1527         FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1224

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Jonathan Hecht

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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 special commission on institutional long term care.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Martin J. Walsh

13th Suffolk

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

John F. Keenan

 

Carlos Henriquez

5th Suffolk

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex, Suffolk, and Essex

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Cleon H. Turner

1st Barnstable

Marcos A. Devers

16th Essex

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Kathi-Anne Reinstein

16th Suffolk

Katherine M. Clark

Middlesex and Essex

Paul J. Donato

35th Middlesex

Stanley C. Rosenberg

Hampshire and Franklin

Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera

10th Hampden

William N. Brownsberger

 


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1527        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1224

By Mr. Hecht of Watertown, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1224) of Jonathan Hecht and others for an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) relative to institutional long term care facilities.  Health Care Financing. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act creating a special commission on institutional long term care.
 

              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.  Notwithstanding any general or special laws to the contrary, there shall be a special commission established to examine the Commonwealth’s institutional long term care system, which shall evaluate options and prepare policy recommendations regarding potential savings to the commonwealth achieved by reducing the number of MassHealth licensed nursing home beds; develop recommendations as to the criteria to be used to determine which beds are de-licensed; and consider incentives to reduce the number of nursing home beds, convert said beds to other uses, or otherwise more efficiently utilize institutional long term care facilities in the Commonwealth.

              The commission shall consist of 15 members, 1 of whom shall be the secretary of health and human services or a designee, 1 of whom shall be the secretary of elder affairs or a designee, 1 of whom shall be the director of the office of Medicaid or a designee, 1 of whom shall be the Attorney General or a designee, 1 of whom shall be the State Auditor or a designee, 1 of whom shall be the house chair of the joint committee on elder affairs or a designee, 1 of whom shall be the senate chair of the joint committee on elder affairs or a designee, 1 of whom shall be the senate chair of the joint committee on health care financing or a designee, 1 of whom shall be the house chair of the joint committee on health care financing or a designee, 1 of whom shall be a member of the PCA quality home care workforce council, and 5 persons to be appointed by the governor, 1 of whom shall be a representative of the Department of Public Health, 1 of whom shall be a representative of 1199SEIU, 1 of whom shall be a representative of the Massachusetts Senior Care Association, 1 of whom shall be a representative of AARP, and 1 of whom shall be a representative of the Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Association.

              The commission shall meet within 30 days of passage of this Act, and not less than quarterly thereafter, and shall release final recommendations no later than one year from passage of this Act.

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