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Boston ranked 5th most expensive city For renters

CBS Local News, June 28, 2019
BOSTON (CBS) - A new report says Boston is one of the most expensive U.S. cities to rent in. ranked Boston fifth on their list of least affordable cities. Read more »

Mass League of Community Health Centers holds annual awards gala

WBUR, June 13, 2019
COPLEY SQUARE - 500 guests attended the Massachusetts League of Community Health Center’s 2019 awards gala, The Great Outdoors, where the state Majority Leader Ronald Mariano (D-Quincy), MassHealth Assistant Secretary and Medicaid Director for the Commonwealth Dan Tsai, and seven exceptional health center employees were recognized for their outstanding service to community health centers and the patients they serve. Read more »

Report: No drop in medical errors, their human toll endures

WBUR, June 10, 2019
Diana Mamouni is a nurse, but she says she couldn’t get her mother’s caregivers to provide important basic care. She attributes her mother's decline and death to a series of crucial lapses in care over a six-month period. Read more »

East Boston Neighborhood Health Center and South End Community Health Center announce intent to merge

Chelsea Recorder, June 7, 2019
This week, in one of the first mergers of its kind in Massachusetts, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) and South End Community Health Center (SECHC) announced their intent to merge after signing a definitive merger agreement. Pending federal and state regulatory approvals, SECHC will become a part of EBNHC with Manny Lopes remaining as president and CEO. The merger will add SECHC's 180-plus employees and 19,000 patients to the largest community health center in Massachusetts and one of the largest in the country. SECHC will continue to provide comprehensive health care services in the South End. Read more »

EBNHC honors two at Monday's Art of Health Care event

East Boston Times-Free Press, June 7, 2019
This year the annual innovative fundraiser to celebrate EBNHC’s mission in the community and the healing impact of art will paid special tribute to President of New England Baptist Hospital David Passafaro and EBNHC Board of Directors Clerk Jennifer Blanco, who received the EBNHC’s prestigious Maestro Award for their dedication to the community and city. Read more »

Immigration at a crossroads: What's at stake for Massachusetts?

The Boston Foundation, June 5, 2019
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh addressed a packed forum on June 6at the Boston Foundation's Edgerley Center for the release of a new Boston Indicators report on the growing wave of federal immigration restrictions. "Our country is at a crossroads" said Walsh. "We have to protect those who are the victims of bigotry, hatred and racism by showing people who we really are as a city." Read more »

Hopes dim for Massachusetts' paid leave law delay

Worcester Gazette, June 5, 2019
Boston - The payroll taxes that will pay for the state’s new paid family and medical leave program are likely to take effect as scheduled on July 1, according to House Speaker Robert DeLeo who all but ruled out a delay in the law on Wednesday after being given a deadline by Gov. Charlie Baker. Read more »

The House passes historic legislation to provide path to citizenship for Dreamers and TPS holders

Immigration Impact, June 5, 2019
The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6—the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019—by a bipartisan vote of 237-187 on Tuesday evening. The bill would create permanent protections for Dreamers, participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, as well as beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED). Read more »

Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law - Focus on the employer "private plan" exemption

Mintz, June 5, 2019
Employers in the Commonwealth are fast discovering that the new Massachusetts Paid Family Leave Law, M.G.L c. 175M (“MAPFML”), which begins to phase into effect June 30, 2019, asks much of employers, both administratively and, in some cases, financially. These requirements, which we outline at length in our earlier posts (here and here) , include identifying covered individuals, quarterly reporting, collecting payroll deductions, making payments to the Commonwealth (sometimes out of the employer’s own assets) and providing covered individual notices. Read more »

Partners pulls out of talks for Rhode Island health system

Boston Globe, June 5, 2019
PROVIDENCE - Partners HealthCare on Tuesday halted its two-year effort to acquire Care New England Health System, Rhode Island's second-largest hospital operator, after Governor Gina Raimondo called on local hospitals to come up with a solution for health care in the state. Read more »