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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 365        FILED ON: 1/14/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 46


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.






Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Stephen L. DiNatale

3rd Worcester

David B. Sullivan

6th Bristol

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

James B. Eldridge


Gale D. Candaras


Susan C. Fargo


Patricia D. Jehlen


Peter V. Kocot

1st Hampshire

Jason M. Lewis

31st Middlesex

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

William N. Brownsberger


Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Gailanne M. Cariddi

1st Berkshire

Kate Hogan

3rd Middlesex

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 365        FILED ON: 1/14/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 46

By Ms. Benson of Lunenburg, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 46) of Jennifer E. Benson and others relative to spouses under the definition of family members serving as paid caregivers.  Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities. 


SEE HOUSE, NO. 152 OF 2009-2010.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



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.”             

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