Senator Welch Attends Western Mass Food Bank Legislative Panel

Senator Welch attended The Western Mass Food Bank Legislative Panel on February 5, 2018. During the panel Senator Welch discussed the legislative and budget priorities of the Food Bank like SNAP policy and MEFAP funding. Additionally, the senator spoke about how citizens can better advocate for issues they care about and how to work with your elected officials to create positive change.

Senate Votes to Provide $15 Million in Funding to Schools Accepting Student from Puerto Rico

On February 1, 2018 the Massachusetts Senate passed a supplemental budget that includes $15 million for school districts educating students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who were displaced by hurricanes Maria and Irma.

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Senator Welch Attends Oversight Hearing Concerning the Group Insurance Commission

On January 31, 2018 the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, along with the Senate Chairs of the Committees on Health Care Financing and Public Service, held an oversight hearing concerning the Group Insurance Commission’s decision to eliminate health plans offered to state employees. Senator Welch attended this hearing in both his capacity as the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing and a member of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. Senator Welch made it a priority to review not just the decision made by the GIC, but the lack of transparency in the process leading up to this decision. After pressure from numerous parties, including the Senate, the GIC voted to reconsider its plan on February 1, 2018.

Senator Welch and Senator Lesser Attend Annual Veterans Service Officers Annual Luncheon

Senator Welch attended this year’s Veterans Service Officers Annual Luncheon on January 24, 2018. During the luncheon Senator Welch and Senator Lesser met with Veterans Service Officers from Western Mass, including Chicopee’s Stephanie Shaw (pictured).

Senator Welch Speaks with UMass Medical Students at Baystate

Senator Welch stopped by the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Baystate campus to speak with medical students on January 11, 2018. Senator Welch spoke with medical students in the PURCH program which teaches the students not only about caring for and treating patients, but also how to advocate for health care issues.

Welch Amendment Protecting Patients from Surprise Bills for Out-of-Network Care Passes Senate

BOSTON – The Senate on Thursday adopted an amendment filed by Senator James T. Welch (D-West Springfield) to the Senate Ways and Means Committee’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal which would create more transparency around prices to patients and protect them from financial hardship when they are cared for unexpectedly by a provider that is not covered by their insurance.

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Senator Welch Attends Groundbreaking for Van Horn Dam Project

Senator Welch joined Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, Congressman Richard Neal, and others at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Van Horn Dam project in Springfield on October 28. The project will serve as a flood protection measure for Springfield and will be funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, MassMutual Financial Group, and the City of Springfield.

 

Senator Welch Speaks at The Massachusetts Health Connector’s Hidden Gems Tour in Springfield

 

The Hidden Gems tour to kick off the Health Connector’s Open Enrollment, which goes November 1, 2016- January 1, 2017, made a stop in Springfield on October 25. To find out more about Open Enrollment please visit the Health Connector’s website here.