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7 Mass. Nursing Homes Penalized For ‘Systemic Failures’ That Led To Injury, Deaths

7 Mass. Nursing Homes Penalized For ‘Systemic Failures’ That Led To Injury, Deaths BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says the state has reached settlements with seven nursing homes after an investigation found “systemic failures” at the facilities that led to the death or injury of some residents. About $500,000 in penalties were announced during a news conference Wednesday in Boston. The seven [...]

March 13th, 2019|

Attorney general urges state regulators to order utilities to issue refunds to ratepayers

Attorney general urges state regulators to order utilities to issue refunds to ratepayers By Matt Stout | Globe Staff |  March 08, 2019 The Department of Public Utilities had ordered all utility companies in June to reduce their rates going forward in the wake of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 that cut the federal corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to [...]

March 8th, 2019|

AG Healey joins brief to protect asylum seekers

AG Healey joins brief to protect asylum seekers BOSTON – Attorney General Maura Healey today joined 19 attorneys general in filing a brief challenging the Trump Administration’s “turnback policy,” which has effectively halted the asylum process at the southern border for thousands of people waiting to present their claims. In the amicus brief, filed in Al Otro Lado v. Nielsen, the attorneys general argue to the federal court [...]

February 21st, 2019|

AG: Newton doctor to pay $680k in restitution

AG: Newton doctor to pay $680k in restitution A Newton physician will pay $680,000 in restitution and penalties and has agreed to be subject to a comprehensive compliance program to resolve allegations that his office routinely overbilled the state’s Medicaid program (MassHealth) for services at nursing homes, Attorney General Maura Healey announced Thursday in a press release. Hooshang Poor, a geriatric physician from Newton, has [...]

February 21st, 2019|

Project HERE app wins Parents’ Choice Award

Project HERE app wins Parents' Choice Award The innovative new Project HERE app rolled out by the AG's Office and the GE Foundation in the fall of 2018 was recently awarded a Parents' Choice Award Gold Medal. Check out the organization's full review below and learn more about Project HERE on the program website. Review: Originally designed to support a Massachusetts initiative to use healthy [...]

February 14th, 2019|

Maura discusses Purdue Pharma case on CBS This Morning

Maura discusses Purdue Pharma case on CBS This Morning (CBS News) — Only on “CBS This Morning,” we’re hearing from the Massachusetts attorney general, who blames the founding family of a pharmaceutical company for helping create the opioid drug crisis. Almost 400,000 people died from opioid overdoses between 1999 and 2017, according to the CDC. In a lawsuit, the state targets Purdue Pharma and eight members of the [...]

January 24th, 2019|

Healey Outlines Priorities In ‘Time Of Consequence’

Healey Outlines Priorities In 'Time Of Consequence' By Matt Murphy | State House News Service | January 16, 2019 Attorney General Maura Healey committed herself on Wednesday to an ambitious new clean energy goal and promised to fight gun violence, reduce barriers to mental health treatment, and support increased funding for education as many Democrats continue to look to her as the future of the party. [...]

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Attorney General: Opioid Crisis Top Priority in Second Term

Attorney General: Opioid Crisis Top Priority in Second Term BOSTON (AP) — ATTORNEY General Maura Healey said her top priority for her second term is confronting the state's ongoing opioid addiction epidemic that has left thousands dead in recent years. The Democrat said that while Massachusetts didn't see a rise in opioid deaths last year, there's still more work to be done to ensure the state continues to [...]

January 16th, 2019|Tags: |

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey gives $3 million to address social factors that affect health

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey gives $3 million to address social factors that affect health By Shira Schoenberg | Masslive.com | January 8, 2019 BOSTON — Housing. Legal services. Walking paths. While these things are not typically thought of as health care, they do have a significant impact on people’s health. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Tuesday announced $3 million in grants to 13 community [...]

January 11th, 2019|

Supreme Court rejects Exxon Mobil appeal in climate case

Supreme Court rejects Exxon Mobil appeal in climate case BY TIMOTHY CAMA - 01/07/19 The Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up a case in which Exxon Mobil Corp. is trying to stop Massachusetts’s demand for documents from it in a climate change investigation. The announcement in the case, Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Healey, came without explanation, as is the court’s usual practice. Four of the high [...]

January 7th, 2019|

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7 Mass. Nursing Homes Penalized For ‘Systemic Failures’ That Led To Injury, Deaths

7 Mass. Nursing Homes Penalized For ‘Systemic Failures’ That Led To Injury, Deaths BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says the state has reached settlements with seven nursing homes after an investigation found “systemic failures” at the facilities that led to the death or injury of some residents. About $500,000 in penalties were announced during a news conference Wednesday in Boston. The seven facilities will now be enrolled in strict compliance programs and must undergo safety and quality of care improvements. Settlements were reached with: Oxford Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Haverhill: $180,000 fine Wakefield Center in Wakefield: $30,000 fine The Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Everett: $40,000 fine Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in Westboro: $37,500 fine Jewish [...]

March 13th, 2019|

Attorney general urges state regulators to order utilities to issue refunds to ratepayers

Attorney general urges state regulators to order utilities to issue refunds to ratepayers By Matt Stout | Globe Staff |  March 08, 2019 The Department of Public Utilities had ordered all utility companies in June to reduce their rates going forward in the wake of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 that cut the federal corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent starting January 2018. But it stopped short of requiring them to refund customers for any savings they realized for the first half of the year, when the companies’ utility rates were based on the former — higher — tax rate. By lowering the rates starting in July, DPU decided, ratepayers would still receive “prompt and [...]

March 8th, 2019|

AG Healey joins brief to protect asylum seekers

AG Healey joins brief to protect asylum seekers BOSTON – Attorney General Maura Healey today joined 19 attorneys general in filing a brief challenging the Trump Administration’s “turnback policy,” which has effectively halted the asylum process at the southern border for thousands of people waiting to present their claims. In the amicus brief, filed in Al Otro Lado v. Nielsen, the attorneys general argue to the federal court in Southern California that the Administration’s turnback policy exacerbates inhumane conditions at the border and causes severe harm to asylum-seekers who are turned away at ports of entry. The attorneys general also argue that turning away asylum-seekers contradicts the United States’ treaty obligations and federal law, which require immigration officials to promptly give asylum-seekers a fair chance [...]

February 21st, 2019|

AG: Newton doctor to pay $680k in restitution

AG: Newton doctor to pay $680k in restitution A Newton physician will pay $680,000 in restitution and penalties and has agreed to be subject to a comprehensive compliance program to resolve allegations that his office routinely overbilled the state’s Medicaid program (MassHealth) for services at nursing homes, Attorney General Maura Healey announced Thursday in a press release. Hooshang Poor, a geriatric physician from Newton, has resolved allegations that from June 2011 through May 2017, he fraudulently billed MassHealth for non-emergency visits to nursing homes that exceed the limit of visits per month under MassHealth regulations, according to the DA. The settlement also resolves allegations that Dr. Poor submitted claims to MassHealth and Medicare that overstated the length, extent, and scope of services [...]

February 21st, 2019|

Project HERE app wins Parents’ Choice Award

Project HERE app wins Parents' Choice Award The innovative new Project HERE app rolled out by the AG's Office and the GE Foundation in the fall of 2018 was recently awarded a Parents' Choice Award Gold Medal. Check out the organization's full review below and learn more about Project HERE on the program website. Review: Originally designed to support a Massachusetts initiative to use healthy decision-making and social-emotional learning to prevent substance use, the Project Here Games website is dedicated to helping children in grades 6-8 learn about themselves and how to use their strengths to build additional and/or more advanced social emotional skills. Fittingly, the first activity is a personality quiz, the goal of which is to help users understand their [...]

February 14th, 2019|

Maura discusses Purdue Pharma case on CBS This Morning

Maura discusses Purdue Pharma case on CBS This Morning (CBS News) — Only on “CBS This Morning,” we’re hearing from the Massachusetts attorney general, who blames the founding family of a pharmaceutical company for helping create the opioid drug crisis. Almost 400,000 people died from opioid overdoses between 1999 and 2017, according to the CDC. In a lawsuit, the state targets Purdue Pharma and eight members of the Sackler family. It alleges they are “personally responsible” for deceptively selling OxyContin. Purdue Pharma called the accusations “a rush to vilify” the drugmaker. As CBS News’ Tony Dokoupil reports, there’s a lot in the lawsuit that’s still redacted. Lawyers for Purdue plan to argue on Friday that it should stay that way. The attorney general said this [...]

January 24th, 2019|

Healey Outlines Priorities In ‘Time Of Consequence’

Healey Outlines Priorities In 'Time Of Consequence' By Matt Murphy | State House News Service | January 16, 2019 Attorney General Maura Healey committed herself on Wednesday to an ambitious new clean energy goal and promised to fight gun violence, reduce barriers to mental health treatment, and support increased funding for education as many Democrats continue to look to her as the future of the party. Healey, who easily won re-election in November, is widely viewed within the Democratic Party as a likely and formidable candidate for governor in four years, if she doesn't run for federal office sooner. And her agenda seems to match those expectations. "We live in a time of consequence," Healey said in a speech to hundreds of supporters [...]

January 16th, 2019|Tags: |

Attorney General: Opioid Crisis Top Priority in Second Term

Attorney General: Opioid Crisis Top Priority in Second Term BOSTON (AP) — ATTORNEY General Maura Healey said her top priority for her second term is confronting the state's ongoing opioid addiction epidemic that has left thousands dead in recent years. The Democrat said that while Massachusetts didn't see a rise in opioid deaths last year, there's still more work to be done to ensure the state continues to make progress. Healey made the comments Wednesday during a swearing-in ceremony in Boston. Healey outlined other goals for her second four-year term including protecting President Barack Obama's 2010 health care law in court and fighting gun violence. Healey also touched on areas outside the traditional scope of the attorney general's office, including improving public education for all [...]

January 16th, 2019|Tags: |

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey gives $3 million to address social factors that affect health

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey gives $3 million to address social factors that affect health By Shira Schoenberg | Masslive.com | January 8, 2019 BOSTON — Housing. Legal services. Walking paths. While these things are not typically thought of as health care, they do have a significant impact on people’s health. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Tuesday announced $3 million in grants to 13 community organizations that address things like housing, hunger and other societal factors that affect someone’s health. Healey announced the grants at an event at the Greater Boston Food Bank. The effort is a way to address what are called “social determinants” of health, factors that are often tied to wealth, employment, education and other social and cultural factors. [...]

January 11th, 2019|

Supreme Court rejects Exxon Mobil appeal in climate case

Supreme Court rejects Exxon Mobil appeal in climate case BY TIMOTHY CAMA - 01/07/19 The Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up a case in which Exxon Mobil Corp. is trying to stop Massachusetts’s demand for documents from it in a climate change investigation. The announcement in the case, Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Healey, came without explanation, as is the court’s usual practice. Four of the high court’s nine judges would have had to vote in favor of taking the case for it to be put in the docket. Exxon Mobil, the nation’s largest oil company by production volume, wanted the court to stop Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey (D) from compelling it to produce decades of records about how it has dealt with [...]

January 7th, 2019|