Seniors + Veterans

House Passes Legislation to Support and Honor Military Veterans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  May 30, 2018 BOSTON – Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull) joined her colleagues in the House ofRepresentatives to pass legislation to support Massachusetts’ veterans and military familiesincluding an important provision to make more veterans eligible for property tax exemptions byrelaxing the residency requirements. This bill builds upon the Commonwealth’s legacy as anational leader for the number of programs and services it offers to military personnel, veteransand their families.“I am honored to have had this opportunity to stand for the veterans of the 3 rd Plymouth Districtand their families,” said Representative Meschino. “This bill will expand their access to thesupport that they deserve.”“I am immensely proud that Massachusetts ranks first in the nation when it comes to military-benefit programs and services,” House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo said. “This legislation sends amessage to our heroes and their families that we appreciate their bravery, sacrifice and service.”The bill provides new financial supports . . . Read More

2020-08-29T10:39:48-04:00July 12th, 2018|Seniors + Veterans|

House Passes Massachusetts Alzheimer’s and Dementia Legislation

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  February 18, 2018  BOSTON – Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull) joined her colleagues in the House to pass legislation which establishes an Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Council. The bill also requires the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) to conduct an assessment on existing state efforts and implement a state plan to address the disease. There are currently 120,000 individuals in Massachusetts with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, and experts predict the prevalence of Alzheimer’s will increase 25 percent in the next decade. Currently, more than 300,000 people in Massachusetts act as caregivers to one these patients. In 2017, Medicaid costs for caring for people with the disease totaled $1.55 billion. “This legislation ensures the Commonwealth’s ongoing commitment to public health,” Said Representative Meschino. “I am proud that the House has chosen to address Alzheimer’s and Dementia and to strengthen our capacity to provide care and ongoing support . . . Read More

2020-08-29T10:40:55-04:00February 18th, 2018|Public Health, Seniors + Veterans|

Legislators Host Veterans’ Town Hall

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 27, 2017 HINGHAM – Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull), alongside her colleagues, Senator Patrick O’Connor (R-Weymouth), Representative James Murphy (D-Weymouth) and Hingham Veterans’ Service Officer, Keith Jermyn hosted a Veterans’ Town Hall event this Thursday at Hingham Town Hall. The event offered an opportunity for veterans, active duty military personnel, veterans’ organizations, and their dependents from across the South Shore to gather and hear from legislators, local officials and the Secretary of the Executive Office of Veterans’ Services, Francisco A. Ureña on the state of Veteran Affairs in the commonwealth. Veterans' were able to ask questions about veterans' benefits and services. "I would like to thank all of the veterans who joined us at this town hall event," said Representative Joan Meschino. "Hearing from local veterans about the challenges that they currently face will enable my office to better serve our vets moving forward. I look forward to . . . Read More

2020-08-29T10:41:09-04:00October 27th, 2017|Seniors + Veterans|

Rep. Joan Meschino Assembles Seniors, Providers, Advocates for Elder Services Listening Tour

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  March 26, 2017  COHASSET – Representative Joan Meschino (D – Hull) convened seniors, service providers and advocates for a focus group this week to discuss ongoing issues facing seniors in her communities. The meeting, Representative Meschino said, will play an important role in shaping her advocacy for seniors through the ongoing legislative process and the upcoming state budget debate. “Too many seniors are forced to choose between staying in their homes, paying for their medical care and keeping food on the table. Still more have difficulty accessing transportation and staying connected with their community,” said Representative Meschino. “I’m looking forward to working with local advocates and providers in order to meet the needs of our older residents.” Representatives from the Hull Senior Center, Cohasset Elder Affairs, Hingham Elder Services, Scituate Council on aging, Linden Ponds, and Wellspring  were all in attendance. “As the House of Representatives prepares to . . . Read More

2020-08-29T10:41:48-04:00March 26th, 2017|Seniors + Veterans|

Joan Meschino Prioritizes Senior Citizen Needs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 17, 2016 Contact: Laura Burns 781.749.0880 lburns887@gmail.com HULL— “Senior citizens who’ve contributed to the vibrancy of their communities for decades are entitled to support and assistance that will help them continue to thrive,” said Joan Meschino, Democratic nominee to succeed former State Representative Garrett Bradley. Her plans focus on senior tax credits, transportation, and senior centers. Meschino will continue Bradley’s practice of mailing an annual reminder of allowable state income tax deductions. “Every year, some seniors are surprised to learn they can claim a refundable credit for real estate taxes on their state income tax returns,” said Meschino. “Garrett Bradley’s annual informational mailer has helped many seniors claim credits for which they qualify.” In addition to making seniors aware of existing programs, Meschino said she will work to help towns revise tax structures to help them remain in their homes and not be priced out of neighborhoods . . . Read More

2020-08-29T10:42:11-04:00October 17th, 2016|Seniors + Veterans|
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