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Contact Tracers can close the gap on uninsured

By |May 21st, 2020|Front Page News, News|

This Column Originally appeared in the Bay State Banner and Dorchester Reporter A 2019 study by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation identified that over 25,000 Bostonians and over 200,000 Massachusetts residents did not have health insurance. This was despite the 2006 universal health care law that was passed in Massachusetts making health care a [...]

To prevent a tax on the poor, masks must be free

By |May 8th, 2020|Front Page News, News|

This article originally appeared in the Dorchester Reporter Last week Governor Charlie Baker set an order in place that would make face coverings or masks mandatory in public. This follows a series of recommendations from public health officials and experts, including Dorchester’s Bill Walczak, about the impact their use would have on flattening the curve. [...]

Health Centers key to equitable response and recovery to COVID-19

By |May 3rd, 2020|Front Page News, News|

This column originally appeared in the Dorchester Reporter:As policymakers it is our responsibility to respond to the public health challenges before us with urgency while planning the long term recovery of our city, state and nation. Community health centers have been key to delivering an equitable public health response in the fight against COVID-19, and [...]

COVID-19 Update

By |March 23rd, 2020|Front Page News, News|

KrioluEspañolVietnameseHaitian Creole Updates in 10 total languages can additionally be accessed through boston.gov/coronavirus#multilingual-help. Each language has its own page and hosts multilingual print materials distributed citywide. Do you need a test to determine if you may have COVID-19? The testing sites below are available by appointment only. If you believe you may need a test, [...]

Sen. Collins, Rep. Biele Support $15 Million in State Funds to Combat Coronavirus Outbreak

By |March 20th, 2020|Front Page News, News|

BOSTON – Last week, the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives passed a supplemental budget to create a $15 million fund in response to the outbreak of COVID 19 cases in Massachusetts.  The funds, held in reserve, will support the Commonwealth’s monitoring, treatment, containment, public awareness and prevention efforts against the novel coronavirus by the Department of [...]

NAACP, local leaders plan inclusive convention

By |December 18th, 2019|Featured Gallery, Front Page News, News|

Organization’s 111th gathering to bring 10k visitors to Hub This story was originally published in the Bay State Banner. Written by Yawu Miller, the Banner’s senior editor. VIEW BIO NAACP President Derrick Jackson speaks during a press conference held last week at the Bruce Bolling Municipal Building. BANNER PHOTO Come July 25 of next year, [...]

Climate change demands raising infrastructure standards

By |December 17th, 2019|Featured Gallery, Front Page News, News|

ENVIRONMENT/ OPINION Massachusetts must prepare now for the challenges that are coming This Op-Ed was originally published in Commonwealth Magazine Written byNICK COLLINS,  SARAH PEAKE and  BRADLEY M. CAMPBELL  PERCHED ON THE North Atlantic, with a shoreline prone to flooding and a history of damaging Nor’easters, and surrounded by the fastest warming ocean waters in the world, Massachusetts of all [...]

State Passes Law to Prevent Distracted Driving, Promote Safe Streets

By |December 10th, 2019|Front Page News, News|

BOSTON – Earlier this year, State Senator Nick Collins joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts State Senate to unanimously pass An Act Preventing Distracted Driving, prohibiting the use of handheld mobile devices while driving. Last week, the House and Senate sent the Governor a final version of the bill, which was signed into law and [...]

Collins, State Senate Pass Pharmaceutical Transparency Legislation

By |November 19th, 2019|Front Page News, News|

PACT Act Will Protect Seniors, Reduce Prescription Drug Costs, and Increase Patient Access BOSTON –State Senator Nick Collins and The Massachusetts State Senate recently passed An Act relative to Pharmaceutical Access, Costs and Transparency (PACT Act), a comprehensive pharmaceutical cost control bill aimed at addressing the high and rapidly increasing costs of prescription drugs.  By [...]

Massachusetts State Senate Passes Bill to Establish New Reporting Guidelines , Accountability Measures for Colleges and Universities

By |November 12th, 2019|Front Page News, News|

BOSTON –The Massachusetts State Senate recently unanimously voted to establish new requirements for higher education institutions. The goal of State Senator Nick Collins and his colleagues in the Senate is to support the financial stability of students and their families. These steps have been taken in response to recent closures of small colleges in the [...]