Saying she cannot win, state Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz announced on Thursday that she is no longer running for Massachusetts governor. A Jamaica Plain resident, Chang-Díaz was regarded as an underdog to win the Democratic Party primary in September against Attorney General Maura Healey. Only a few weeks ago Chang-Díaz qualified for the primary, but she saw she could not win. She said she will be stopping her campaign, although her name will remain on the ballot. Chang-Díaz made history by becoming the first Latina and first Asian American elected to the state senate.
The state's Attorney General's office settled with the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation and a large property management company for violating the state's anti-discrimination and consumer protection laws to make a reasonable accommodation for a young child with asthma, despite repeated requests from the child's parent and medical team. According to the AG’s settlement with Peabody Properties, a property management company, and the apartment’s owner, JPNDC, the two companies allegedly failed to adequately address secondhand smoke that was seeping into the young child's apartment. The companies also failed to mitigate a serious rodent infestation in the building that was aggravating the child’s asthma. Peabody Properties serves as property manager for JPNDC’s family rental housing. The two companies initially provided air purifiers for the family’s unit at the time they moved in, but the air purifiers did not stop the presence of secondhand smoke in the unit and the child suffered serious medical consequences as a result. Requests from the child’s parent and medical team to transfer to a non-smoking unit as further reasonable accommodation were ignored, and the child’s health worsened as a result.
Peabody Properties and JPNDC agreed to pay the family $35,000 in restitution, and implement no smoking policies across all of JPNDC's affordable housing units, announced Attorney General Maura Healey on June 8.
Attorney General Maura Healey announced an $800,000 settlement with Bravo Pharmacy for allegedly billing the state’s Medicaid program, MassHealth, for automatically refilled prescription medications, for a costly prescription multivitamin that was not provided to patients, and other prescriptions that were not authorized by a physician. Healey announced the settlement on Thursday, in which Bravo Pharmacy, located at 3158 Washington St., in Jamaica Plain, and its owner, Dmitry Linkov, will be required to pay $800,000 to resolve the allegations, according to a press release. Bravo must also implement a three-year independent compliance monitoring program to ensure future compliance with all laws, rules and regulations applicable to participation in MassHealth. “This pharmacy’s improper billing and automatic refill practices resulted in unnecessary overpayments by MassHealth,” said Healey. “This resolution brings money back to our state, puts an end to these unlawful practices, and requires strict compliance with state and federal regulations moving forward.”
The AG’s investigation reported that from May 2017 through July 2021, Bravo allegedly submitted numerous claims for an uncommonly used and expensive vitamin supplement known as Hylavite.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr was in Boston on Thursday and met with Boston Police Commissioner William Gross. That meeting sparked criticism from many elected officials, and led to Gross defending why he met with the controversial head of the Department of Justice. The U.S. Department of Justice tweeted out a photo of Barr and Gross shoulder-to-shoulder, and not wearing masks together in Boston. Supposedly it was the first time a sitting U.S. Attorney General had visited the Boston Police Department. As chief legal counsel to the president, Barr has most recently been widely condemned for ordering peaceful protestors to be teargassed in Washington D.C. to clear the way for President Trump to walk where the protestors were occupying so he could do a photo op.
Local JP organization ESAC recently received a large grant close to a quarter million dollars to further its mission of helping senior citizens. Massachusetts' Attorney General Maura Healey announced nearly $3 million in funding through a new grant program to address issues that affect health, including nutrition, safe housing, violence prevention, substance abuse and more. In total, the Ecumenical Social Action Committee (ESAC) will receive $240,000 during the next three years to partner with the Uphams Corner Health Center to help senior citizens who would otherwise by in a nursing home, said Emily Morris Litonjua, executive director of ESAC. Seniors will be provided falls prevention assessments and related modifications integrated with occupational therapy and nursing care. "ESAC has identified falls prevention as crucial to enabling the seniors we serve to age safely in place, which is the most cost effective long term care strategy and what the vast majority of seniors prefer to do," said Emily Morris Litonjua, executive director of ESAC. "This approach, piloted by the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, has been shown to result in a 26 percent reduction in emergency department visits, a quarterly $2,765 per patient reduction in Medicare expenditures, and a 50 percent reduction in depression symptoms. In addition, there was a 75 percent improvement in daily activities needed to remain independent.”
“As a state and as a country, we continue to spend most of our health care dollars treating people who are already sick, rather than investing to keep people healthy,” said Healey via press release.
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Jamaica Plain encompasses two congressional districts and there is only one candidate in the final of each. At-Large Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley is headed to Washington, DC after defeating 10-time incumbent Michael Capuano in the Democratic primary for the 7th District.
Attorney General Maura Healey's office has entered into an agreement to facilitate to clean up a former automotive and industrial site on Washington Street. The property will then be made into a mixed-use development for retail space, apartments and condos. The agreement was agreed upon through the AG’s Brownfields Covenant Program, which provides liability protection to the current owner and to three development entities that are developing the former site of Flanagan & Seaton Motor Car Co., a 3.36-acre property at 3521-3529 Washington St. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection received notification that the site was contaminated in October 2011. The property is currently contaminated with chlorinated volatile organic compounds, petroleum, polychlorinated biphenyls, trichloroethylene and heavy metals. The redevelopment will create a three-lot property with a parking garage, retail space and residential units on one lot, a four-story storage building on the second lot, and a four-story residential building with underground parking and a community garden on the third lot.
The JP Progressives will be honoring their Activist of the Year, Henia Handler, in a party on Thursday night at Doyle's. Attorney General Maura Healey will give Handler her award. JP Progressives explained on their website why Handler was chosen: "Henia has been a steadfast progressive, working for justice and equality in the community for decades. Henia remains eager to help candidates today. "When Senator Ted Kennedy needed more information about HIV/AIDS policy he called Henia.