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Mass. Attorney General Maura Healey defends Obamacare as court takes up issue

Mass. Attorney General Maura Healey defends Obamacare as court takes up issue By MEGHAN OTTOLINI | July 9, 2019 Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey voiced her defense of the Affordable Care Act Tuesday, rallying with Obamacare supporters hours before the U.S. Court of Appeals heard oral arguments over the law’s constitutionality. “This isn’t just a fight about the law, it’s a fight about country, our [...]

July 9th, 2019|

These 100 Massachusetts organizations are getting grants for summer jobs for teens

These 100 Massachusetts organizations are getting grants for summer jobs for teens By Jim Kinney | July 9, 2019 Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office is awarding nearly $322,000 to 100 organizations across the state to fund summer jobs for young people that are focused on health and wellness. “Our summer jobs program provides hundreds of young people across the state with an opportunity to [...]

July 9th, 2019|

Nursing homes fined for failing to pay hundreds of workers

Nursing homes fined for failing to pay hundreds of workers DIGHTON — The owners of five nursing homes in southeastern Massachusetts, including a facility in Dighton, that were closed by state regulators in April for endangering residents, have been fined $84,950 for failing to pay hundreds of workers, Attorney General Maura Healey said. Joseph Schwartz, who owns and operates Skyline Healthcare in New Jersey, and [...]

June 30th, 2019|

Maura Healey responds to ‘huge win’ in Supreme Court decision on 2020 census citizenship question

Maura Healey responds to ‘huge win’ in Supreme Court decision on 2020 census citizenship question By Hayley Johnson | June 27, 2019 Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey joined activists and supporters on the steps of the Statehouse to celebrate the Supreme Court ruling against Trump administration’s citizenship question for the 2020 census. “Today is a really significant day. We got a huge win in the [...]

June 27th, 2019|

43rd Professional Firefighters Convention kicks off at the MassMutual Center

43rd Professional Firefighters Convention kicks off at the MassMutual Center SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) -The 43rd Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts Convention officially began in downtown Springfield Monday. The Convention of the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts takes place every two years. The convention began Sunday and will continue until Thursday. This is the first time it’s being held in Springfield. Attorney General Maura Healey, Springfield Mayor Sarno, [...]

June 10th, 2019|

In battle against vaping, AG sues national retailer, alleging it targets underage consumers

In battle against vaping, AG sues national retailer, alleging it targets underage consumers By Danny McDonald Globe Staff | May 30, 2019 In her latest battle against the e-cigarette and vaping industry, Attorney General Maura Healey is suing a national retailer for allegedly violating Massachusetts law that regulates the sale and advertisement of tobacco, saying the company targeted underage people for sales of its nicotine [...]

May 30th, 2019|

Two home health care firms settle AG’s fraud claims for $10M

Two home health care firms settle AG's fraud claims for $10M By Jessica Bartlett | Boston Business Journal | April 30, 2019 Two home health companies will pay over $10 million in settlements to resolve allegations that they improperly billed the state’s Medicaid program. According to Attorney General Maura Healey’s office, Amigos Homecare LLC of Lawrence will pay $2.13 million, and Avenue Homecare Services Inc. [...]

May 1st, 2019|

AG Healey: 5 nursing homes placed in receivership

AG Healey: 5 nursing homes placed in receivership By Jennette Barnes | April 29, 2019 NEW BEDFORD — Five area nursing homes have been placed in receivership after bounced paychecks and unpaid bills put residents in danger, The Standard-Times has learned. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office successfully petitioned a Suffolk Superior Court judge for receivership on Monday, saying more than 200 residents could be [...]

April 29th, 2019|

Appeals court rejects challenge to Massachusetts assault weapons ban

BY: Danny McDonald | Globe Staff | April 26, 2019 A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge to the assault weapons ban in Massachusetts, in what Attorney General Maura Healey called a “defeat for the gun lobby.” The Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, on Friday affirmed a federal judge’s ruling that last year dismissed the lawsuit, which was filed by gun advocates and a group of gun [...]

April 26th, 2019|

Attorney General Maura Healey rips federal indictment of Newton judge

Attorney General Maura Healey rips federal indictment of Newton judge By Travis Andersen, Matt Stout and John R. Ellement | Globe Staff | April 25, 2019 Attorney General Maura Healey on Thursday blasted the federal indictment of a state district court judge on obstruction charges for allegedly helping an undocumented immigrant defendant evade a federal immigration officer last year in Newton District Court. “Today’s indictment [...]

April 25th, 2019|

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Mass. Attorney General Maura Healey defends Obamacare as court takes up issue

Mass. Attorney General Maura Healey defends Obamacare as court takes up issue By MEGHAN OTTOLINI | July 9, 2019 Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey voiced her defense of the Affordable Care Act Tuesday, rallying with Obamacare supporters hours before the U.S. Court of Appeals heard oral arguments over the law’s constitutionality. “This isn’t just a fight about the law, it’s a fight about country, our values, and whether we’re going to take care of one another,” Healey said, standing on the harbor side of the John Joseph Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston. With Healey’s stance, Massachusetts joins 16 other states defending the ACA in Texas v. United States, which will be tried in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, in Louisiana. The [...]

July 9th, 2019|

These 100 Massachusetts organizations are getting grants for summer jobs for teens

These 100 Massachusetts organizations are getting grants for summer jobs for teens By Jim Kinney | July 9, 2019 Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office is awarding nearly $322,000 to 100 organizations across the state to fund summer jobs for young people that are focused on health and wellness. “Our summer jobs program provides hundreds of young people across the state with an opportunity to challenge themselves, gain new skills, and make a difference in their own community,” Healey said in a statement. “We are pleased to be able to continue to support cities, towns and nonprofits with this funding that keeps young people active and safe in the summer months and improves public health in Massachusetts.” This year’s Healthy Summer Youth [...]

July 9th, 2019|

Nursing homes fined for failing to pay hundreds of workers

Nursing homes fined for failing to pay hundreds of workers DIGHTON — The owners of five nursing homes in southeastern Massachusetts, including a facility in Dighton, that were closed by state regulators in April for endangering residents, have been fined $84,950 for failing to pay hundreds of workers, Attorney General Maura Healey said. Joseph Schwartz, who owns and operates Skyline Healthcare in New Jersey, and formerly owned and operated Dighton Care and Rehabilitation Center in Dighton, Bedford Gardens and the Hallmark Care and Rehabilitation Center in New Bedford, and Highland Manor Care and Rehabilitation Center in Fall River, and Michael Schwartz, who operated Bedford Village Care and Rehabilitation Center in New Bedford, received 15 citations for failing to make timely payments of [...]

June 30th, 2019|

Maura Healey responds to ‘huge win’ in Supreme Court decision on 2020 census citizenship question

Maura Healey responds to ‘huge win’ in Supreme Court decision on 2020 census citizenship question By Hayley Johnson | June 27, 2019 Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey joined activists and supporters on the steps of the Statehouse to celebrate the Supreme Court ruling against Trump administration’s citizenship question for the 2020 census. “Today is a really significant day. We got a huge win in the United States Supreme Court today,” Healey said. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the four liberal judges in a 5-4 ruling Thursday striking down the addition of a citizenship question. “I am really proud of the lawyers and the advocates and the organizations that came together to take this case all the way up to the Supreme Court [...]

June 27th, 2019|

43rd Professional Firefighters Convention kicks off at the MassMutual Center

43rd Professional Firefighters Convention kicks off at the MassMutual Center SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) -The 43rd Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts Convention officially began in downtown Springfield Monday. The Convention of the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts takes place every two years. The convention began Sunday and will continue until Thursday. This is the first time it’s being held in Springfield. Attorney General Maura Healey, Springfield Mayor Sarno, and Springfield Fire Commissioner BJ Calvi led Monday’s opening ceremonies. All Massachusetts firefighters’ unions meet for this convention to talk about current legislation and the newest technology that can make their job safer. “The fire service changes daily. Depending on legislation or whatever situation we have to deal with,” said member of the Springfield International Association of [...]

June 10th, 2019|

In battle against vaping, AG sues national retailer, alleging it targets underage consumers

In battle against vaping, AG sues national retailer, alleging it targets underage consumers By Danny McDonald Globe Staff | May 30, 2019 In her latest battle against the e-cigarette and vaping industry, Attorney General Maura Healey is suing a national retailer for allegedly violating Massachusetts law that regulates the sale and advertisement of tobacco, saying the company targeted underage people for sales of its nicotine products. Healey’s complaint, filed Wednesday in Suffolk Superior Court, alleges that Eonsmoke LLC, a New Jersey company, failed for years to verify online buyers’ ages and to ensure shipments were received by a person who was 21 or older, which is the state’s minimum legal sales age for smoking products. Michael Tolmach, Eonsmoke’s cofounder and CEO, said [...]

May 30th, 2019|

Two home health care firms settle AG’s fraud claims for $10M

Two home health care firms settle AG's fraud claims for $10M By Jessica Bartlett | Boston Business Journal | April 30, 2019 Two home health companies will pay over $10 million in settlements to resolve allegations that they improperly billed the state’s Medicaid program. According to Attorney General Maura Healey’s office, Amigos Homecare LLC of Lawrence will pay $2.13 million, and Avenue Homecare Services Inc. in Dracut will pay $8.3 million. The AG's office said both companies submitted claims to MassHealth for home health care services that hadn’t been properly authorized by a physician. “These companies defrauded the state and diverted vital resources from elderly and disabled patients,” Healey said in a release. “Home health care companies must provide services that are [...]

May 1st, 2019|

AG Healey: 5 nursing homes placed in receivership

AG Healey: 5 nursing homes placed in receivership By Jennette Barnes | April 29, 2019 NEW BEDFORD — Five area nursing homes have been placed in receivership after bounced paychecks and unpaid bills put residents in danger, The Standard-Times has learned. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office successfully petitioned a Suffolk Superior Court judge for receivership on Monday, saying more than 200 residents could be at risk of injury or death. The facilities lack critical supplies, and they could soon reach dangerously low staffing levels, Healey’s office told the court. The nursing homes are Bedford Gardens, Bedford Village and Rockdale Care, all in New Bedford; Dighton Care in Dighton; and Highland Manor in Fall River. The petition provided new details about the [...]

April 29th, 2019|

Appeals court rejects challenge to Massachusetts assault weapons ban

BY: Danny McDonald | Globe Staff | April 26, 2019 A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge to the assault weapons ban in Massachusetts, in what Attorney General Maura Healey called a “defeat for the gun lobby.” The Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, on Friday affirmed a federal judge’s ruling that last year dismissed the lawsuit, which was filed by gun advocates and a group of gun retailers. “This case concerns an issue of paramount importance,” read Friday’s ruling. “In the wake of increasingly frequent acts of mass violence committed with semiautomatic assault weapons and [large-capacity magazines], the interests of state and local governments in regulating the possession and use of such weapons are entitled to great weight.” Attempts to reach the Gun Owners’ [...]

April 26th, 2019|

Attorney General Maura Healey rips federal indictment of Newton judge

Attorney General Maura Healey rips federal indictment of Newton judge By Travis Andersen, Matt Stout and John R. Ellement | Globe Staff | April 25, 2019 Attorney General Maura Healey on Thursday blasted the federal indictment of a state district court judge on obstruction charges for allegedly helping an undocumented immigrant defendant evade a federal immigration officer last year in Newton District Court. “Today’s indictment is a radical and politically-motivated attack on our state and the independence of our courts,” Healey said in a statement. “It is a bedrock principle of our constitutional system that federal prosecutors should not recklessly interfere with the operation of state courts and their administration of justice. This matter could have been appropriately handled by the Commission [...]

April 25th, 2019|