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MLRI Budget Analysis; Mass League of Community Health Centers; and other updates

MLRI Revised H2 Budget Analysis


Earlier this month, Governor Baker released a revised House 2 budget proposal for fiscal year 2021. Click here to read MLRI’s preliminary analysis of the parts of this revised budget affecting low-income residents. An analysis of MassHealth and related health issues can be found on pages 13-15.

Change of Leadership at Mass League of Community Health Centers 
As many of you may have already heard, after 41 years as chief executive of the Mass League of Community Health Centers, Jim Hunt is retiring this December. Many thanks to Jim for his decades of leadership and commitment to advancing the accessibility of low-cost health care across the Commonwealth! He will be succeeded by Michael Curry, current deputy CEO and general counsel of the League. Congratulations to Michael for this well-deserved promotion! We look forward to working together to continue advocating for accessible and affordable health care throughout the state. 
10/27 Community Forum on Vaccine Distribution Plan
The Harvard Catalyst Community Engagement Program is hosting a community forum on how to create an equitable COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan in MA. The forum is this Wednesday, October 28 from 5-6pm. Register here.
For context, you can read the state's interim draft vaccination plan (still under development), and the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine's (NASEM) Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine.
Deadline Extensions:
Deadline to Register for Economic Impact Payment:
The IRS has extended its deadline for people who did not file a 2019 tax return, and who did not automatically receive their Economic Impact Payment (the up to $1,200/individual plus $500/qualifying child stimulus payment authorized by the CARES act), to use the IRS non-filer tool to register to receive their payment this year. The new deadline is 3pm ET on November 21, 2020.  
Anybody who does not register to receive their Economic Impact Payment by the deadline can still claim it in 2021 by filing a 2020 federal income tax return and claiming their Economic Impact Payment as a credit.

Deadline to Respond to DPH Community Impact Survey: 

The Department of Public Health has extended the deadline to respond to its Community Impact Survey to the end of this week, Friday October 30. DPH is asking organizations to help distribute the survey, particularly to communities whose voices tend to go unheard. DPH has put together a list of resources in multiple languages to help organizations distribute the survey.