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MFA NEWSCAN SEPTEMBER 9, 2013


- Friday, September 13, 2013



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SEPTEMBER 9, 2013

 

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HEARING ON BOTTLE LAW EXPANSION SEPTEMBER 17

A hearing on legislation to expand the types of containers covered under the state’s bottle deposit law has been scheduled for Tuesday, September 17 at the State House in Gardner Auditorium at 1:00PM.  MFA has put together a panel to testify in opposition to the various proposals that would expand the bottle bill, and has coordinated efforts with other industries and interested parties to testify.  MFA will also testify in support of legislation (S379) that would phase out the deposit law and replace the lost revenue with funding from the beverage industry that would be used to expand municipal recycling efforts, including those containers that are presently under the bottle deposit law.  If you are interested in testifying or attending the hearing, please contact the office.  We will keep you updated.

 

HEALTHCARE NOTIFICATION DEADLINES APPROACHING

According to the National Grocers Association (NGA) and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) many employers must notify their employees about the Health Insurance Marketplace by October 1, 2013.  The Department of Labor (DOL) has created two model notices that can help you meet the content requirements.  These notices are shown below:

Model Notice if you currently offer health insurance  Model Notice if you currently don't offer health insurance.

NGA's counsel advises that the COBRA model election notice the Administration has posted will be updated soon, therefore members should hold off on providing that specific notice at this time.  For more information on what you need to tell your employees about the Marketplace, visit healthcare.gov.

FARM BILL UPDATE

According to NGA and FMI, on September 10, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) told Republican lawmakers he plans to put a food stamp reduction bill up for a vote during the week of September 16.  The bill would cut $40 billion in nutrition programs over 10 years and if passed will bring the farm bill one step closer to committee conference.  While current farm law begins to expire on September 30, food stamp funding will not be impacted if Congress does not take action.  The only food stamp changes to occur will be the COLA and ARRA changes.

 

SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH

September has once again been designated National Preparedness Month.  Here in Massachusetts, Governor Patrick has proclaimed September to be “Emergency Preparedness Month”.  The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) will be promoting several initiatives to help highlight preparedness month and encouraging residents of the Commonwealth to become more prepared for emergencies, including launching the Ready Massachusetts campaign, using the MEMA website & social media accounts, supporting preparedness events, and working with various partners to spread preparedness information.  Ready Massachusetts is a preparedness campaign designed to educate and empower residents of Massachusetts to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural, technological, and man-made disasters.  Ready Massachusetts is the state’s counterpart to FEMA’s national Ready campaign.  The website for this campaign is www.mass.gov/mema/ready.  The Department of Public Health (DPH) is also launching an emergency preparedness campaign entitled Together We’re Ready.  A joint MEMA/DPH webpage has been developed (www.mass.gov/ready) to coordinate the campaign messaging.

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MFA NEWSCAN SEPTEMBER 9, 2013


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