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By Stan Rosenberg and Jim Welch

Massachusetts has consistently been a national leader in improving health care access and working to address high health care costs. We were the first state in the nation to provide near universal insurance coverage through health care reform legislation passed in 2006 and continue to pursue solutions to help drive costs down, such as those contained in legislation passed in 2012. These steps are a testament to the fact that as a Commonwealth we are willing to think creatively and boldly to achieve a healthcare system that works for all our residents.

Right now in the health care world there is a great deal of uncertainty and instability due to changes being considered at the federal level that would result in higher costs for seniors and children with disabilities, a loss of federal revenue for the state, and a reduction in payments for health care providers. It's unclear how such changes will impact the state's ability to deliver on its goal of universal access to quality, affordable health care. Without regard to what's happening in D.C., Massachusetts needs to continue to innovate and create a sustainable health care system for both our residents and our economy. Health care costs currently strain not only the state's budget, but also those of our businesses and families.

07-21-2017   In The News

WARWICK- Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst) announced $100,000 to protect and expand Warwick’s town forest. The funding is allocated from an earmark Rosenberg secured in the 2014 Environmental Bond Bill.

“We must continue to be leaders on conservation and environmental stewardship to protect our Commonwealth for generations to come,” said Senate President Rosenberg. “Making an environmental impact starts directly in our communities, and I have been a strong advocate for this funding, which will go toward preserving the Warwick Town Forest.”

07-21-2017   Press Release

BOSTON- Today, the Massachusetts Senate passed S.2113, An Act relative to healthy youth.  This bill will ensure that school districts in the Commonwealth that elect to provide their students with sex education provide age-appropriate and medically accurate information that includes coverage of both abstinence and contraception. 

“The amount of information that students have access to today through technology and the media is almost overwhelming.  This bill provides for age appropriate and medically accurate sexual education for students in a school setting to give them the best information available through a trusted source,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst).  “The bill also requires parental notification and allows for review of all materials presented in the classroom.  We need our students to make the best decisions based on the most accurate information.”

07-20-2017   Press Release

Establishes essential protections and prohibits discrimination against pregnant individuals

(BOSTON) – The Massachusetts Legislature today passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act which guarantees reasonable accommodations and safety measures for pregnant workers. The legislation makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate against, refuse to employ, or terminate an individual due to pregnancy or a condition related to pregnancy, including lactation or the need to express breast milk for a nursing child.

 “No expecting mother should have to choose between a healthy pregnancy and a paycheck,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst). “This legislation would ensure that women’s medical needs are addressed without imposing undue burden on employers throughout Massachusetts.”

“I believe it is imperative that we provide pregnant workers, 40% of whom are the primary breadwinner of their household, the certainty that they are able to keep their jobs without detriment to the health of their pregnancy,” said Senator Joan Lovely (D-Salem). “This piece of legislation would ensure that employers are fair to pregnant workers so that they may continue to work while pregnant and provide the best life possible for themselves and their families.”

 

07-20-2017   Press Release

Facilitates implementation of ballot question while safeguarding public health and consumer protection

(BOSTON) – The Massachusetts Legislature today passed a bill that fully implements consumer access to adult-use marijuana while creating a robust public health and safety framework.

This legislation maintains the personal use provisions outlined in the 2016 ballot initiative. Adults 21 and older can use marijuana and possess up to one ounce in public and ten ounces at home. They may possess six plants per person but no more than 12 plants or ten ounces per residence.

“This bill reflects a commitment to legalizing adult-use marijuana while upholding our duty to ensure safety and effective management,” said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop). “In addition to the rigorous product testing and security measures, I believe that the independence of the Cannabis Control Commission will allow this new industry to be implemented in a safe manner that works for all residents, not just the marijuana industry.”

 

 

07-20-2017   Press Release
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