COVID-19 Information

This is an unprecedented time for Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket. The COVID-19 pandemic is a very steep challenge for all of us.

With this page, I want to keep you informed of our continued work on the many issues COVID-19 presents and provide a source of clear and updated information. Below please find general updates, answers to frequently asked questions, and links to official websites. My hope is to alleviate some of the understandable concern we all are experiencing during this uncertain and unprecedented time with accurate consistent information.

I am honored to serve as a member of the state Senate's COVID-19 Working Group established by the Senate President to identify immediate policy, legislative, and budgetary actions needed to most effectively address the impact of the virus. As part of this effort, I have been tasked with focusing on issues related to the population identified to be most at risk, older adults. So many of you have already helped me to identify priorities and potential solutions based on your first-hand experiences. In the days and weeks ahead, please continue to reach out to me and my staff with concerns, suggestions, and needs. Reach me at julian.cyr@masenate.gov.

Please stay safe and take care of yourself and your loved ones during this difficult time.

UPDATED AS OF FRIDAY, APRIL 3rd AT 5:00PM

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Senate Unanimously Passes the Mental Health 'ABC' Act

Bill expands access to mental health care, boosts workforce, and strengthens quality of coverage

On February 14, 2020 the Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed the Mental Health ABC Act, comprehensive legislation aimed at reforming the mental health care system in Massachusetts. Senate Bill 2519, An Act Addressing Barriers to Care for Mental Health, serves as the first step toward developing a more integrated system of mental health care delivery to better meet the needs of individuals and families.

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Senate Unveils Mental Health ABC Act: Addressing Barriers to Care

On February 6, 2020, the Massachusetts Senate unveiled Senate Bill 2519An Act Addressing Barriers to Care for Mental Health, a comprehensive mental health care reform bill. This legislation is the first step toward putting the Commonwealth on a pathway to developing a more integrated system of mental health care delivery to better meet the needs of patients. The Mental Health ABC Act removes barriers to timely quality care, provides the state with more effective tools to enforce existing mental health parity laws, and invests in the mental and behavioral health workforce pipeline. The legislation builds on progress made through state mental health parity laws passed in 2000 and 2008, and the ‘Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008’ at the federal level. 

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MASSACHUSETTS STATE SENATE APPROVES NEXT GENERATION CLIMATE POLICY

The Massachusetts State Senate on Thursday, January 30, 2020 advanced three bills that boldly tackle the contributing factors of climate change, chart one of the most aggressive courses of action against global warming in the country, and pave the way for a clean energy future for all of its residents.

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A recap of recently passed legislation

The legislature passed five important bills on November 20, 2019 - the last day of formal sessions for the House and Senate in 2019. The Governor has now signed all five bills into law. I voted for all five. Here's a recap.

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Senate Passes Pharmaceutical Access, Costs and Transparency (PACT) Act

Bill will reduce prescription drug costs, promote transparency, and increase patient access

On November 14th, the Massachusetts Senate passed An Act relative to Pharmaceutical Access, Costs and Transparency (PACT Act), comprehensive pharmaceutical cost control legislation aimed at addressing the high and rapidly increasing costs of prescription drugs. By connecting the need for greater drug price transparency with policies to improve oversight over the pharmaceutical industry, the legislation will put Massachusetts at the forefront of the state’s efforts to tackle increasing drug costs. It will also reduce drug costs to patients and lower health care costs overall.

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MASSACHUSETTS SENATE UNANIMOUSLY PASSES STUDENT OPPORTUNITY ACT

Bill will invest $1.5 billion in public schools, update statewide education policy, and support effective approaches to closing opportunity gaps for students throughout the Commonwealth.

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On October 3rd, the Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed the Student Opportunity Act, Senate Bill 2350, an unprecedented $1.5 billion new investment in Massachusetts K-12 public education. This legislation ensures public schools have adequate resources to provide high-quality education to students across the state, regardless of zip code or income level. Assuming inflation, over time the bill could provide an estimated $2.2 billion.

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