HEALTH CARE UPDATE: Victory in the Senate, taking the first step toward increasing access to health care for over 60,000 seniors across the Commonwealth

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April 2018 — check out our Cambridge-Somerville chapter leading the way on affordable senior healthcare! They hosted one of 4 recent MSAC healthcare forums to build community momentum to “Bridge the Gap”!

What did we win?

  • On Nov 9th, 2017, the MA Senate approved our proposal to increase participation in Medicare Savings Programs! 
  • 6 in 10 seniors living alone in MA do not have the income to meet their basic needs. This change will allow over 60,000 "near-poor" seniors to feel relief from having to choose between food, rent, and medical expenses. 
  • Every dollar the state moves into MSPs will pull 7 additional federal dollars to go directly to senior healthcare costs. This will hugely increase the overall amount of money going toward senior health care.

NEWS SPOTLIGHT!

July 29, 2017: Boston Globe features stories shared by several MSAC members of having to choose between health care and other basic necessities. Elder economic insecurity has reached a point of crisis in Massachusetts, and seniors are saying, "Enough!"

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