Jul 8 2014
Sen. Jehlen Announces Alzheimer's Acute Care Advisory Committee
Senator Patricia Jehlen announces that the Massachusetts Senate has passed An Act Relative to the Massachusetts Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Acute Care Advisory Committee. This legislation creates an Advisory Committee to craft a strategy to address dementia-...
Jun 27 2014
Change proposed in inmates’ health coverage
The Boston Globe
Massachusetts is poised to join a dozen states that are reaping millions in federal dollars for prisoners’ health care and possibly also reducing the risk that released inmates will reoffend.
All that is required is a change in state law governing the Medicaid...
May 21 2014
For Home Care Aides, Low Wages Could Get Bump From Budget Amendment
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Senate begins debate Wednesday on amendments to a $36 billion state budget. One of the countless amendments filed would increase wages for home care aides. Those are the folks who care for the elderly or disabled, allowing them to...
May 13 2014
Bill to Protect Domestic Workers Passes
The Senate on May 8 unanimously passed a bill to establish a bill of rights for domestic workers, establishing clear labor standards and protections in the workplace.
"All workers deserve equal protections in the workplace," said Sen. Patricia Jehlen, D-...
May 6 2014
A Fairer Test Score Measure
How can you identify a truly ineffective school? To paraphrase retired Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, you know it when you see it.
But state policy requires greater specificity than that. And in Massachusetts, we identify the lowest performing schools primarily by...
Apr 18 2014
Demand equal pay for all workers
On April 8, Pay Equity Day, we again observed that women earn, on average, 79 percent of men’s pay. One reason is that "women’s work" — caring for the sick, elders and young children — is far underpaid given the skill, effort and...