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Hello Friends,

Welcome to my State Senate website! Here you will find legislative and local updates, important state resources, and information on the ways that my office may be able to assist you. It is a true honor to represent the residents of the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex district in the Massachusetts Senate. I encourage you to keep me informed of the issues that are most important to you, and to sign up for my newsletter to receive periodic updates from my Senate office.

 

Sincerely,

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Richard J. Ross

State Senator

Ross Supports Bill for Long-Term Substance Abuse Recovery

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

State House, Boston, 02133-1053

 

 

RICHARD J. ROSS

State Senator

Norfolk, Bristol, Middlesex

 

 

 

Room 520, State   House

TEL. (617)   722-1555

FAX (617)   722-1054

Richard.ross@masenate.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                CONTACT: Erin Hearn

May 13, 2014                                               617-722-1555

 

 

Ross Supports Bill for Long-Term Substance Abuse Recovery

Boston – Senator Richard Ross (R-Wrentham) voted today to pass legislation to increase opportunities for long-term substance abuse recovery in the Commonwealth by supporting a continuum of care and removing barriers that stand in the way of effective treatment.

“As a member of the Senate Special Committee on Drug Abuse and Treatment Options in the Commonwealth, I have spent the past several months hearing firsthand about the ways that substance abuse devastates lives and families,” said Senator Ross. “Already, too many lives have been tragically lost to this disease. This legislation is important step towards making this issue a priority in the Commonwealth.”

In the interest of maintaining fiscal responsibility, Senator Ross filed amendments seeking to monitor and evaluate the financial impacts of the insurance benefit mandates included in the bill, prior to instituting those changes. Unfortunately, those amendments were not passed. “I am disappointed that we could not add some measures that would ensure cost effectiveness as well as long term solvency for the programs,” said Ross.

To curb the public health risk of Schedule II and III drugs, the bill requires the Drug Formulary Commission to prepare a drug formulary of appropriate substitutions, which must include abuse deterrent properties and consideration of cost and accessibility for consumers. Insurance carriers are required to cover abuse deterrent drugs listed on the formulary in the same manner that they cover non-abuse deterrent drugs and cannot impose additional cost burdens on consumers who receive abuse deterrent drugs. The Commissioner is also authorized to schedule a substance as Schedule I for up to one year if it poses an imminent hazard to public safety and is not already listed in a different schedule.

The bill strengthens the Prescription Monitoring Program by requiring physicians to receive training on the Program before renewing their licenses. It also requires them to consult with the Program before writing a prescription on an annual basis for patients who receive ongoing treatment of a controlled substance and before writing a new or replacement prescription.

In the event that a death is caused by a controlled substance, the Chief Medical Examiner is required to file a report with the FDA’s MedWatch Program and the Department of Public Health and directs DPH to review the Program upon receiving a report.

To bill also does the following to increase the quality of and access to treatment:

  • Removes prior authorization for Acute Treatment Services for all MassHealth Managed Care Entities and requires coverage of up to 15 days of Clinical Stabilization Services;
  • Removes prior authorization for Acute Treatment Services and Clinical Stabilization Services  for commercial insurers and requires coverage for a total of up to 21 days before engaging in utilization management activities; and
  • Requires all insurance carriers to reimburse for substance abuse treatment services delivered by a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

The bill will now go to the House for consideration.

Please contact the office of Senator Ross with any questions or concerns at (617) 722-1555 or Richard.Ross@masenate.gov.

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Senator Ross Advocates for PAWS Act to Protect Pets

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

State House, Boston, 02133-1053

 

 

RICHARD J. ROSS

State Senator

Norfolk, Bristol, Middlesex

 

 

 

Room 520, State   House

TEL. (617)   722-1555

FAX (617)   722-1054

Richard.ross@masenate.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                CONTACT: Erin Hearn

April 24, 2014                                              617-722-1555

 

Senator Ross Advocates for PAWS Act to Protect Pets

 

Boston – Senator Richard Ross (R-Wrentham) testified this afternoon at a hearing of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary on behalf of the PAWS Act. Prior to the hearing, Senator Ross joined several colleagues to discuss the importance of this bill with members of the media.

 

“As a dog owner, I am appalled by certain acts of cruelty that have come to light in the Commonwealth,” said Senator Ross. “This violence is not only a threat to the population of animals in Massachusetts, but to our community safety as well. I am hopeful that the enhanced penalties and safeguards included in this bill will close the loopholes present in the Commonwealth’s laws and serve as a proper deterrent to this type of violent crime.”

 

Senator Ross is a cosponsor of Senate Bill 1914, An Act protecting animal welfare and safety, which increases fines and penalties for individuals convicted of animal cruelty crimes, and creates an animal abuse registry. The bicameral, bipartisan effort also establishes an anonymous animal abuse tip hotline and expands the use of the Homeless Animal Prevention and Care Fund to include rehabilitation and care of abused animals, among other important safeguards. The bill was filed by Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester).

 

Please contact the office of Senator Ross with any questions or concerns at (617) 722-1555 or Richard.Ross@masenate.gov.

 

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Ross Appointed to Domestic Violence Panel

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

State House, Boston, 02133-1053

 

 

RICHARD J. ROSS

State Senator

Norfolk, Bristol, Middlesex

 

 

 

Room 520, State   House

TEL. (617)   722-1555

FAX (617)   722-1054

Richard.ross@masenate.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                CONTACT: Erin Hearn

                                   April 10, 2014                                              617-722-1555

Ross Appointed to Domestic Violence Panel

Boston – Senator Richard Ross (R-Wrentham) was appointed today to a panel focused on initiatives to combat domestic violence. Ross and colleagues from the House and Senate will craft compromise legislation as part of a conference committee.

“Curbing domestic violence is a challenge that we must take on. We need to help victims and increase penalties for future perpetrators,” said Senator Ross. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to address this problem.”

The legislation provides employment leave to victims of domestic violence to address matters related to the abuse. It also establishes the crime of strangulation, and increases penalties for other domestic violence crimes.

The Senate and the House of Representatives passed differing versions of this legislation. This conference committee has been assembled to create a compromise bill that will be presented to Governor Patrick for his approval.

Please contact the office of Senator Ross with any questions or concerns at (617) 722-1555 or Richard.Ross@masenate.gov.

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