ACTION NEEDED!!

PCA Overtime Use

Attention PCA users: MassHealth wants to limit the number of hours a PCA can work to 40 hours per week (with a possible exception policy)! If a PCA works for you for more than 40 hours a week, he or she will have to cut back to 40 hours. And if you share a PCA with another consumer so that PCA works more than 40 hours, that PCA will have to cut back on the hours he or she works for you or the other consumer.

Live-in PCAs will have different rules, but their hours would still be capped.

If you don’t like this new rule, then tell MassHealth how this may impact YOU by sending your comments to: masshealthpublicnotice@state.ma.us.

E-mailed comments should contain the sender's name, mailing address, and organization or affiliation, if any. Comments will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 8, 2016.

If you want you may send a copy of your email to us so that we may continue to advocate for others in this issue. info@stavros.org

If you have any questions about these proposed rules, please call Jennifer Lee at 1-800-804-1899 ext 213 or via email at jlee@stavros.org

Please call your Legislators!

#ADVOCACYWORKS

The Massachusetts Senate approved an additional 1.6 million dollars over the Governor’s budget for the Alternative Housing Voucher Program and an increase of $540,000 for the Mass. Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Now the House and Senate get together to make a final budget to send to the Governor. The Senate budget is much stronger for the Alternative Housing Voucher Program (AHVP) and for the Mass. Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
 
If you want to see AHVP and MCDHH get more funds, please call your State Representative and say:

  • You support the Senate budget Line Item 7004-9030 funding AHVP
  • You support Line Item 4125-0100 that funds  Mass. Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • You support this because this will mean more housing for people with disabilities and more services for Deaf and hard of hearing people
  • Ask them to support the Senate budget on these two line items.

Thanks – advocacy works!!

The Alternative Housing Voucher Program

The Alternative Housing Voucher Program expands housing opportunities for people with disabilities. AHVP has a current wait list of more than 2,000 people. A shortage of affordable housing continues to beset adults with disabilities, especially people who are forced to reside in nursing homes for a lack of housing. The federally-funded Money Follows the Person initiative in Massachusetts, which will support nursing home diversions, has increased the need for more units. Please call your Senator and ask them to increase funding for the Alternative Housing Voucher Program. Without an increase people with disabilities will keep waiting in a nursing home costing more money to the state. More information on AHVP can be found here