ORIGINAL TITLE:Help Stop Wage Fixing in MA!
OK, guys and gals- I'm getting on my soap box. Prepare to listen or get out your cotton balls. <g>
I received a letter from an agency that I work for from time to time in MA saying that there is a public hearing on 9/18 for the public to comment on the state's new plan to legislate agency nurse wages in the state of MA. They used a formula based on an average of staff nurse wages plus some percentage to cover lack of benefits. The public hearing notice lists several percentages that will be added to this and that, but never lists a base or end figure- no dollar amounts are mentioned. The letter from the agency states that agency rates could drop as much as $10 per hour and that nurses who work full time might not be eligible for health benefits from the agency any more.
The state of MA tried to pass this as a law (VERY quietly- I heard nothing about it!) and it was shot down as being unconstitutional. Then, to get around that, the state put it in as a budget amendment. They made this change effective 8/13- and notified the agency in a letter dated 8/14. It is being appealed by at least this one agency. I don't like that agency, but hey- they cared enough to send letters out to all of their nurses with copies of the regulation to get us to act.
I plan on being at that hearing. And I plan on writing letters to the governor of MA and MA Executive Office of Health and Human Services. I urge any one who has a MA license to join me. Heck- EVERYONE should join in. A similar thing was done in MN and it will only spread.
The regulation is: 114.2 CMR 45.00 Temporary Nursing Services
The website is: www.mass.gov/dhcfp
The Acting Governor of MA is Jane Swift
The Secretary of the DHCFP (Dept of Health Care Finance and Policy) is Robert P. Gittens
The Chief Administration Officer of DHCFP is Michael F. Berolini
Anyone fought this successfully in your home state? Any ideas?
Edited title to attract ALL NURSES/CNA's attention...could be coming to YOUR state next.