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|Date added||June 28, 2020|
|Category||COVID, Health Care, Open Letter|
Recently, Governor Baker signed legislation, H. 4672, that would create a Covid-19 task force, appointed by the legislature, to study and make recommendations to the general court that address health disparities among certain populations based on certain characteristics, including age, and which also asks the future task force to recommend other impacted populations for further study. Members of that task force have not yet been appointed. Pioneer has prepared a public letter to that future task force that contains a list of specific recommendations regarding Covid-19 and the state’s nursing homes. Nursing homes in the Commonwealth have become an epi-center for Covid-19 with more than 60 percent of the state’s deaths occurring in such facilities. Pioneer hopes the members of this important task force will be appointed as soon as possible and that they will look into recommendations to address Covid-19 among the aged and in the state’s nursing homes.