Massachusetts legislators filed over 7,000 bills to be debated during the 2023-2024 legislative session, including important nursing home legislation, which would provide further support for quality nursing facility care.
Please join Mass Senior Care in urging legislators to prioritize nursing home care in the legislative session. Take action now by clicking here to email or call your state senator and representative to ask them to sign on as co-sponsor to the following bills. To learn more about these bills, please see the summary below.
Nursing Home Legislation
- SD433 & HD1487, An Act Relative to Stabilizing the Commonwealth’s Nursing Facilities filed by Senator Julian Cyr and Representative John Lawn, Jr. – ensure continued access to nursing facility care by modernizing the state’s funding formula to reflect the actual cost of quality resident care and staffing.
- SD400 & HD1447, An Act Relative to the Nursing Home Quality Jobs Initiative filed by Senator Julian Cyr and Representative John Lawn, Jr. – provide career advancement opportunities for frontline workers including a living wage and career ladders.
- SD431 & HD2352, An Act Relative to Promoting the Betterment of Resident's Health and Safety in Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Facilities filed by Senator Julian Cyr and Representative Denise Garlick – provide best practice education and training to improve resident care and experience.
- HD2855, An Act to Ensure Temporary Nursing Service (TNS) Agency Quality and Accountability filed by Representative Gerard Cassidy – implement more stringent quality controls on costly temporary nursing agencies that are currently disrupting continuity of resident care.
- SD1999, An Act Relative to Nursing Facility Infection Control filed by Senator Michael Moore – provide training and compensation for nursing facility infection preventionists.
- HD2168, An Act Relative to Promoting Innovation in Eldercare Services filed by Representative Thomas Stanley – provide one-time funding for nursing facilities to modernize the physical plant and provide specialized care programs designed to enhance the safety and wellbeing of residents.
- SD127 & HD886, An Act Relative to Certified Medication Aides filed by Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr and Representative Brian Murray – help to address the historic workforce crisis that is disrupting patient care by establishing certified medication aides, like in 35 other states.
- SD1292, An Act to Ensure Senior Care Organization Quality and Accountability, filed by Senator Barry Finegold – promote access to behavioral and specialty care services by requiring managed care companies to adopt MassHealth payment incentives for vulnerable populations.
- HD2863, An Act Relative to Translated CNA Exams filed by Representative Tackey Chan – make CNA Training accessible in the first language of workers thereby expanding the number of available workers.