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Transformative Agreement will Help Thousands of People Leave Mass. Nursing Homes

WGBH Boston
| Published April 17, 2024

Thousands of people who have been “warehoused” in Massachusetts nursing homes due to insufficient alternatives could soon receive the support they need to live independently.

Gov. Maura Healey’s administration on Tuesday announced that they reached an agreement on a federal class action lawsuit, filed in October 2022 in Boston, which contended Massachusetts was violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by allowing tens of thousands of people with disabilities to languish in nursing facilities, even though they could live on their own with proper support services. The David Marsters v. Maura Healey agreement, still subject to court approval, will expand and create new programs to help people transition out of facilities. Justice in Aging was co-council on this lawsuit

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