BOSTON- On Oct. 24, Senator Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington) and Representative Jim Dwyer (D-Woburn) joined a panel of advocates, including Woburn resident Angela Ortiz, at the Joint Committee on Public Health public hearing to testify in support of H.1959, An Act for the continuous skilled care of fragile children in the Commonwealth. The bill would establish several protections for children, adults, and their families with complex medical conditions and special in-home health care needs.
“There is a crisis in homecare for patients who need skilled, continuous care in their homes,” said Senator Friedman. “When over half of nurses leave homecare because the reimbursement is so low, children who need this help to survive suffer needlessly. At the same time, the state ends up spending far more dollars in expensive critical hospital or long -term care. The passage of this bill would help parents like Angela ensure that their child is guaranteed access to high quality, consistent nursing care that they need and deserve.”