News Archive

Aug 19 2011 Sen. Jehlen: Fast 14 bridge replacement project on I-93 a success
The Somerville Journal
Somerville — Last August, a giant hole opened on a bridge on I-93 in Medford.  Rush hour traffic came to an abrupt halt and the usual heavy, slow evening commute came to a standstill.  Road crews were immediately dispatched to fix the hole.  While...
Aug 16 2011 Lawmakers seek to expand hospice coverage
WBUR
BOSTON — A group of state lawmakers is pushing to make hospice care available to more people on MassHealth. A proposed bill would expand hospice coverage to about 120,000 people on more limited state health insurance plans. State Sen. Richard Moore says people who...
Aug 15 2011 Bill would expand hospice care
Taunton Daily Gazette
BOSTON — More terminally ill people covered by the state’s low-income health insurance plans could be eligible for hospice coverage, making their end of life care a little more comfortable, under a bill recently filed by a handful of top lawmakers....
Aug 5 2011 OPENAIR Circus teaches children leadership skills, stage combat
Somerville Patch
Though they haven’t run away to join a traveling troupe, children of all ages will be performing circus tricks and feats at Nunziato Field Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  The OPENAIR Circus, a Somerville based non-profit that offers classes and workshops to...
Aug 4 2011 Jehlen speaks on alimony reform
Woburn Advocate
Woburn, MA — The Senate last Thursday passed legislation, cosponsored by Sen. Patricia Jehlen, D-Somerville, that reforms the commonwealth’s alimony system. The bill, the first comprehensive modernization of Massachusetts alimony law in over 20 years,...
Jul 21 2011 Mass. Senate Approves Supportive Housing Bill
WHDH
BOSTON -- Massachusetts lawmakers have approved a new program designed to integrate support services and affordable housing for the elderly, disabled, and homeless families. The state Senate Thursday unanimously approved a bill that would establish 1,000 units of so-...
Jul 14 2011 Bill proposes mandatory paid leave
Channel 22 News
BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) - In the spring, state Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Joanne Goldstein said paid sick leave is a workers’ “basic right.” Now lawmakers are responding with legislation that could make it law. The Joint Committee on...
Jul 13 2011 First in Fig Newtons, Last in Routine HIV Testing: Nightmare in the Bay State
The Body: HIV/AIDS Blog Central
Massachusetts, the state in which I live, boasts many firsts -- among them, the first state to recognize marriage equality (2004), the first typewriter (invented by Charles Thurber in Worcester in 1840), the first Fig Newton cookie (invented by James Henry Mitchell in...
Jul 10 2011 Legislators Urge Delay in Nursing Home Reg. Changes
Inside Medford
64 Legislators (21 Senators and 43 Representatives) signed a letter to EOHHS Secretary Judy Ann Bigby asking to delay changes that eliminate leaves-of-absence bed holds from MassHealth nursing home regulations until funding can be restored. The letter was delivered to...
Jul 6 2011 Jehlen Supports Bill to Fight Human Trafficking
Inside Medford
The Senate on Thursday unanimously passed legislation that cracks down on human trafficking in Massachusetts with strong criminal penalties for forced labor and sexual servitude, Senator Patricia Jehlen announced. The bill also establishes important protections for victims...
Jul 5 2011 Growing senior population faces poor public transit options
The MetroWest Daily News
Senior advocates say the state's public transit systems are ill-equipped to serve a wave of aging baby boomers in Massachusetts, where the population older than 65 is expected to increase by more than 50 percent during the next two decades. By 2015, 45 percent of seniors...
Jun 30 2011 Restructure Wright-Locke Farm debt
The Winchester Daily Times Chronicle
WINCHESTER - State Senator Patricia Jehlen and State Representative Jason Lewis announced that a home rule petition for the Town of Winchester has passed both houses of the state legislature and been signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick. This petition, previously...
Jun 27 2011 Jehlen Announces Benefits for Seniors on Medicare
Inside Medford
he Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a report earlier this week that showed that more than 5 million Americans with traditional Medicare utilized at least one of the recommended preventive benefits now available for free thanks to the Affordable Care...
Jun 18 2011 Somerville legislators work together for temp agency reform
The Somerville Journal
Somerville - At a recent legislative hearing on a proposal to reform the state’s employment agency laws, Somerville legislators Senator Patricia Jehlen and Representative Denise Provost joined low-pay temporary workers and employers in calling for legislation that...
Jun 17 2011 Seat belt advocates push primary enforcement by police
The Medford Transcript
Highway safety advocates say Massachusetts can save 18 lives, prevent more than 650 injuries and conserve more than $170 million in health care costs each year through passage of a primary enforcement seat belt law.  Proponents of Senate bill 1211 and House bill 2401...
Apr 5 2011 To boost HIV testing, activists push verbal consent bill
The Boston Herald
AIDS activists, doctors and sheriffs asked legislators Tuesday to consider laws that would increase testing for HIV/AIDS, citing concerns about thousands of people living with the disease who do not know it. Members of the Joint Committee on Public Health heard from several...
Mar 23 2011 At end of life — more planning, more counseling, more dignity
The Boston Globe
MOST PEOPLE can’t control how or when death comes, but can prepare for certain scenarios — hospital, nursing home, or hospice — and pass their wishes along to doctors and loved ones. But most people don’t want to think about end-of-life care. Bay...
Jan 29 2011 Come Care with me Veteran Files Direct Care Bill
PHI Blog
Massachusetts State Senator Pat Jehlen, chair of the Committee on Elder Affairs, introduced a bill on January 20 to establish a task force to determine the state’s preparedness for the CLASS Act by examining its direct-care workforce. The CLASS Act, established under...
Jan 26 2011 Mass. Bill Would Force More Disclosure on Private College Finances
Inside Higher Ed
Legislation proposed in Massachusetts would require much greater disclosure of financial assets by the state’s “private non-profit colleges and universities and their employees or consultants,” according to Fenton, an organization that creates campaigns for causes,...
Jan 25 2011 Bill to Require Financial Info from Mass. Colleges
Associated Press
BOSTON (AP) - Tax-exempt colleges and universities in Massachusetts would be required to turn over more financial information under a bill being unveiled on Beacon Hill.
Jan 25 2011 Bill seeks more financial data from private colleges
Boston Globe
Massachusetts private colleges and universities would have to file more in-depth financial reports and disclosures under a bill scheduled to be filed today by two state legislators. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Patricia D. Jehlen of Somerville and Representative...
Jan 25 2011 Jehlen Committees include Elder Affairs, Education, Ways and Means
Inside Medford
Senate President Therese Murray announced committee assignments for the 2011-12 Senate session. Senator Patricia Jehlen, who represents Somerville, Medford, Winchester and Woburn, returns to the chair of the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs. She is also vice-chair of...
Jan 13 2011 In push for paid sick days, Jehlen raises evergreen bombshell
The MetroWest Daily News
Boston — The decision by Evergreen Solar this week to close its Devens facility and eliminate 800 jobs, despite receiving $58 million in state subsidies, underscores the need for Beacon Hill to reconsider its economic policies, a state senator said Thursday. “I...
Jan 12 2011 Gov. Patrick signs Senate Bill 2557 filed by Sen. Jehlen, D-Somerville
The Somerville Journal
Somerville — On Friday, Jan. 7, Gov. Deval Patrick signed Senate Bill 2557, An Act Further Regulating Debt Collection, filed by Sen. Patricia Jehlen, D-Somerville. A 2006 Boston Globe Spotlight series revealed that abusive debt collection practices in Massachusetts...
Jan 9 2011 New Massachusetts law protects consumers from debt collectors
Oh-Yay.com News
The US state of Massachusetts passed a law last month which protects debtors from having their cars, wages and bank accounts from being taken by debt collectors. The new law means that creditors collecting debts in Massachusetts will no longer be allowed to seize assets...