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NASW-MA 2019-2020 Legislative Agenda Unveiled

Monday, January 14, 2019  
Posted by: Jamie Klufts
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NASW-MA 2019-2020 Legislative Agenda Unveiled


The following bills are legislative priorities for NASW-MA in the 2019-2020 legislative session. NASW-MA advocates for legislation that works to improve social work professional practice, promote human rights, advance social and economic justice, and increase access to services for all. You can download a copy of our legislative agenda here. As these bills are filed and assigned docket numbers, you can find the most up-to-date information here on our website.  



  • Limiting Clawbacks for Mental Health Providers (Sen. Rodridgues, Rep. O’Day): Prohibits insurance companies from auditing further than 12 months to recoup payments for mental health services that were approved and paid for.
  •  Eliminating Insurance Company “Ghost Networks” (Sen. Friedman, Rep. Barber): Requires all insurers to provide updated provider directories to consumers to increase access to mental health services and expand the pool of qualified clinicians to provide these services.
  •  Loan Repayment Program Benefiting Social Workers (Sen. Lesser, Reps. Roy & Pignatelli): Creates a loan repayment program to assist in retaining the human services workforce, including social workers, who routinely deliver life-saving interventions and work in the areas of highest need.


  • LGBTQ Conversion Therapy Ban (Rep. Khan): Protects LGBTQ youth (18 and under) by outlawing the debunked and harmful practice of sexual orientation and gender identity conversion therapy by mental health professionals.
  •  Protecting Immigrant Communities (Sen. Eldridge, Reps. Balser & Miranda): Ensures basic civil rights for migrant communities and prohibits state and local entities from aiding in immigration enforcement and deportation efforts.
  •  Healthy Youth Act (Sen. DiDomenico, Reps. O’Day & Brodeur): Requires school districts that already provide sex education to ensure that it is comprehensive, age-appropriate, and LGBTQ-inclusive, with an emphasis on informed consent to prevent sexual violence.


  • Repealing the Family Welfare Cap (Sen. DiDomenico, Rep. Decker): MA is one of only a handful of states that deny welfare assistance to children born while or after their parents first receive TAFDC. This bill would “lift the cap on kids”.
  • Fair Share Amendment (Sen. Lewis): The revenue collected by taxing 4% on income over one million dollars would be designated to areas in need of investment. Social workers recognize that progressive revenue is needed to fund services to be accessed by all, creating a more equitable Commonwealth.
  •  Raise the Age of Juvenile Jurisdiction (Sen. Boncore, Rep. O’Day): Gradually raises the age of juvenile jurisdiction to include 18-20 year olds, which would reduce recidivism by ensuring offending youth are engaged in treatment, education, and vocational training that is more effective for this age group.


  • SNAP Gap (Sen. DiDomenico, Rep. Livingstone): Creating a common application to ensure that all individuals who are eligible for SNAP are enrolled at the same time they enroll for MassHealth and other services, promoting the health and welfare of low income residents of the commonwealth including children and older adults

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