Quabbin Valley Healthcare supporters rally at the State House

  • Staff, family members, and members from the greater Athol communities visited Senator Anne Gobi’s office at the Massachusetts State House recently to advocate for increased MassHealth funding for QVHC and all nursing homes across the Commonwealth. Submitted photo

Published: 5/22/2019 9:50:27 PM

ATHOL — Members of the Quabbin Valley Healthcare staff, family members, and local residents boarded a bus from QVHC on May 21, to attend the Mass Senior Care Association’s Advocacy Day held at the State House in Boston. The rally was attended by hundreds of representatives from nursing facilities across the state to press Massachusetts legislators for more appropriate levels of funding to support quality nursing home care.

Following the rally on the Grand Staircase, the group from Quabbin Valley Healthcare went to visit the offices of State Representative Susannah Whipps and Senator Anne Gobi to and thank them for their support for signing onto the bill that would provide an additional $35 million dollars in MassHealth funding to facilities across the Commonwealth.

It was reported at the rally that in 2018 alone, some 20 nursing homes closed in Massachusetts displacing thousands of seniors and it was also reported that an additional 30 could close in 2019.

“We, the nursing home industry, are in a crisis and we cannot afford to sit idly by to see what happens,” said Michael Kachadoorian, QVHC’s assistant administrator, “We at QVHC, along with our dedicated staff, family members, and community members decided to take action and show up at the State House with our rally signs so that we were seen and heard and that the Quabbin region had visible representation, and we achieved that goal. We think we made an impact and will see if our legislators will take action needed and mitigate this crisis once and for all.”

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