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Cyr’s Amendment Moves Legislature Closer
To Consideration Of Single Payer Healthcare

The Massachusetts Senate has voted to bring the Commonwealth one step closer to least addressing the issue of single payer healthcare by adopting an amendment sponsored by Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro) that charges the state with measuring the impact the system would have on the cost and delivery of our healthcare. The amendment was adopted as part of a larger healthcare reform bill already under consideration.
“The drawbacks of our fragmented healthcare system are increasingly obvious,” Senator Cyr explained. “Quality of care is stratified, coverage and cost vary widely, and uncertainty in the marketplace causes real anxiety for families and small businesses. The current sick-care system has neglected many and, worse, costs more than anywhere else in the world. We can’t wait. This amendment moves the ball forward on transitioning Massachusetts to a single payer system in a real and responsible way. Once again, Massachusetts leads the nation on healthcare for all.”
Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) co-sponsored Senator Cyr’s amendment and spoke in support of the amendment, noting, “We have come a long way since I filed this amendment five years ago. People are tired of the stranglehold that profit-driven insurance companies have on medical care, and I’m heartened by the growing momentum behind the single payer movement across the state. I want to thank Senator Cyr for filing this amendment.”
If it’s determined single payer outperforms current healthcare spending, the Health Policy Commission would be charged with submitting a “Single Payer Healthcare Implementation Plan” to the Legislature for consideration.
Studies show Massachusetts currently spends more on healthcare than any other state in the nation, $59 billion statewide in 2016. Premiums for employers and individuals have increased 12 percent in the last five years, while benefits have either decreased or remained the same.

Laurentide At Mashpee Commons Soon To Be
Latest Senior Living Community On Cape Cod

The Cape’s large family of senior living communities soon will have a new member when Laurentide at Mashpee Commons, currently under construction, is scheduled to open its doors this summer.

The Northbridge Companies Senior Living Community’s 70-apartment facility just off Route 28 will offer independent living, assisted living and its specialized Avita Memory Care program.

Amenities will include a dining room, pub and lounge, library, walking paths and sunroom.

State Saves Contraception Coverage
From Rollback Under ‘Trump-Care’

Governor Charlie Baker has signed into law a bill that will ensure insurance coverage and affordable access to contraception. This action protects Massachusetts residents from President Trump’s rollback of the Affordable Care Act’s birth control coverage requirement.
The bill, An Act Relative to Advancing Contraception Coverage and Economic Security in Our State (ACCESS), guarantees insurance coverage for all 18 types of FDA-approved contraceptives with no co-pay, provides coverage for a 12-month supply of oral contraceptives with one prescription, covers over-the-counter emergency contraception without a co-pay, and eliminates “step therapy” across contraceptive categories.
“The ACCESS bill is a significant win for the people of Massachusetts and the result of bi-partisan cooperation by elected officials, advocates, and insurers, all of whom came together to stand up to the Trump administration's attacks on access to reproductive health care,” said Andrea Miller, President of the National Institute for Reproductive Health. “Massachusetts charted the course for health care reform in 2006, and I was proud to play a part in creating no-copay for contraceptive coverage as the state reform was implemented as a precursor to the Affordable Care Act.”
The ACCESS bill passed with support from major statewide insurers including the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans and Blue Cross Blue Shield. NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts led the advocacy fight to pass this bill, with support from the National Institute for Reproductive Health.
"While the Trump Administration and an anti-choice Congress continue to work to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and its guarantee of copay free contraception, the Massachusetts legislature and Governor have taken a ​firm ​stand in favor of women’s reproductive freedom by passing the ACCESS bill. ​On October 6th, the Trump administration gutted the contraceptive coverage mandate. Massachusetts becomes the first state in the nation to directly respond to this federal attack by immediately by codifying the ACA's contraceptive coverage protections into state law and expanding on those protections,” said Rebecca Hart Holder, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts. 

Cape Cod Five Purchases Former Branch
For Expansion Of Its Hyannis Presence

Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank has announced the purchase of a former bank branch building on Iyannough Road in the Town of Barnstable.
The property abuts the 8.64 acre site where the Five recently held a groundbreaking for its new banking campus that will consist of a 78,000 square foot state-of-the-art multipurpose office building with a separate structured parking facility. Their new property most recently was a Bank of Cape Cod branch. However, Cape Cod Five actually bought it from Rockland Trust, who acquired it only a week earlier.
"The plans for our campus have always included a full-service branch and were based on the property that we controlled. When the opportunity to acquire this adjacent property presented itself, we saw the possibility to reconfigure our current plans in order to, subject to regulatory approval, include even more usable space in which to serve our customers and communities… and for future growth. This was just something we could not pass up," said Cape Cod Five President and CEO Dorothy A. Savarese.


CHC of Cape Cod Step Forward Group Assists
Those Contemplating Substance Use Change

The Community Health Center of Cape Cod Addictions Services team has launched its newest outpatient therapy group: Step Forward.
The program is based on the “Stages of Change” model and is designed to help those in the pre-contemplative or contemplative stages of addictions recovery. The goal is to help them move from the beginning stages of change to goal setting and action, and then to make any necessary changes.
Referrals can be made by Health Center staff or other providers, but individuals also can choose to enter the program on their own, or be referred by a friend or family member. 
The CHC of Cape Cod Step Forward group meets once a week for seven weeks. The curriculum includes exploring how substance use affects one’s life, addictions education and the opportunity to identify a need for change and create goals for the future. The group is facilitated by a Licensed Independent Social Worker, who also provides referrals for further treatment, social support groups, counseling, and more, as needed.
The group meets Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at Community Health Center of Cape Cod’s Falmouth office, at 210 Jones Road, Suite 22 in Homeport. For more information and to register contact Addictions Program Manager Yvonne Nickerson at or 508-477-7090. To learn about CHC of Cape Cod and its addictions programming, visit

Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition Initiates
High School Environmental Health Ed Program

The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) announces the introduction of a new environmental health education program for high school students, Let's Talk Prevention: Actions You Can Take.
This program is comprised of supplemental stand-alone classroom modules to enhance science, health, and environmental studies curriculums by providing real world application of scientific content knowledge.
MBCC, a leader in highlighting the links between environmental exposures and health risks, also has developed the award-winning Let's Talk Prevention: Reducing Toxic Exposures community education program and has carried this program through presentations in over 100 locations across Massachusetts.
"MBCC is proud of the response we have received for Let's Talk Prevention: Reducing Toxic Exposures over the past three years. Expanding this program into high schools seemed like an important and logical next step," states MBCC's Executive Director, Cheryl Osimo.
"This prevention curriculum based on national science standards provides an educational opportunity for students at the high school level to be provided information to limit exposure to environmental factors, and therefore, prevent future cancer diagnosis," says Dr. Barbara Malkas, Ed.D, Superintendent of North Adams Public Schools and MBCC Board member. "As an educator, a woman, and a breast cancer survivor, I am so gratified to be a part of MBCC and their mission."
For more information about this latest initiative, visit and click on the Let's Talk Prevention tab.

CHC of Cape Cod’s Dr. Stephanie Prior
Aids Puerto Rico Medical Relief Efforts

Dr. Stephanie Prior, a physician at Community Health Center of Cape Cod, recently returned from Puerto Rico where she provided medical assistance for two weeks to residents devastated by Hurricane Maria. Stationed mostly in Arroyo, Patillas and Maunabo, Dr. Prior treated patients in clinics set up on basketball courts during the mornings and visited homebound patients in the mountains in the afternoons. Dr. Prior worked as part of a team from Heart to Heart International, an organization that strives to strengthen communities through improving healthcare access, providing humanitarian development and administering crisis relief efforts worldwide using volunteers and partners.
This is Dr. Prior’s second time working with Heart to Heart, and she completed a trip to Haiti in 2016.

Cape Providers Honored
The Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod once again has been named to the HomeCare Elite™ list of Top 500 agencies in the nation. This is the seventh consecutive year the agency has received the recognition.
Also gaining recognition was Community Health Center of Cape Cod, again recognized by the Bureau of Primary Health Care as a Health Center Quality Leader. CHC of Cape Cod was one of just 13 health centers in Massachusetts to receive the Health Quality Leader Award.
And Brewster Place reports it has been named a Caring Superstar for being a top-rated senior living community for three consecutive years and was the only assisted living community on the Cape to receive this particular recognition. 

Andy Lowe Named To Regional Body

Outer Cape Health Services Chief Strategy Officer, Andy Lowe of Eastham, has been named to the board of directors of The New England Rural Health RoundTable. He joins nearly 20 colleagues from around New England representing rural healthcare interests and directing the work of The RoundTable, which includes advocacy, performance improvement and other outreach and strategic initiatives to address healthcare disparities in the respective states’ rural regions. The majority of Outer Cape Health Services’ service region is classified as rural by the Massachusetts Office of Rural Health because of the combination of low population density and isolation from services, employment opportunities, and resources.

2Sisters Senior Living Advisors
Add A Partner To Assist Clients

A six-year-old company, 2Sisters Senior Living Advisors announces it has named a new partner to aid their clients in making what can be a daunting transition. But they’re in a way keeping it in the family.
Erin DiCarlo, their longtime Senior Living Advisor, has branched off to create her own enterprise, Dovetail Support Services, LLC and Dovetail Real Estate Group, LLC. They explain that Dovetail will allow one point of contact throughout the entire process, including financial planning

Memorial Garden Is Dedicated
At The McCarthy Care Center

Hope Hospice as announced the opening of a new memorial garden at McCarthy Care Center in Sandwich thanks to the generosity of E.J. Jaxtimer Builders, Inc. and the Jaxtimer family.
More than 65 donors, volunteers, family members and staff celebrated the dedication of the new memorial garden, which winds around the back of the building creating a special and peaceful place for patients and families. Each patient room looks out to some portion of the garden. To honor the Jaxtimer’s family, the garden is inscribed with a saying chosen by the family, “Always remember the beauty of the garden, for there is peace.”
In addition to thanking E.J. and Terry Jaxtimer, their sons, Jonathan, Jamie and Sam, and their staff, Hope Hospice also recognized the following who helped to make the garden possible: Bob Bortolotti of Bortolotti Builders, Dan Helman of Cape Coastal Nursery, Sam Lorusso of Cape Cod Aggregates, Pat Gregory of Cape Resources, Lou McKnight of Drywall Masonry Supply, The Eastman Family, Robert Epstein, Chris Joyce of Joyce Landscaping, and the Town of Sandwich.