Mike is part of the DEP team that protects the public health by performing over 15,000 lab analyses of contaminants in wastewater, air, soil, hazardous wastes and fish annually. In addition to ensuring clean air and water, MassDEP enforces environmental laws and is responsible for the timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills.
Who: Laura Conlee
What: Black Bear Project Leader
Where: Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife
MOSES: Member since 2008.
Bear is just one of the 14 furbearer species Laura Conlee monitors for the Commonwealth. On any given day she can be found tracking through the woods, educating a group of school children or helping a town understand why coyotes are in their backyard.
Who: Marvin Lewiton, CIH
What: Industrial Safety & Health Inspector
Where: Department of Labor Standards
MOSES: Member since 1999.
Marvin is part of the OSHA On-Site Consultation Program, a free health & safety consulting service provided to small, high-hazard businesses across the state. He explains, “I get enormous personal satisfaction from helping to ensure that workers go home every day, safe from injury or illness. Small employers rarely have the resources to develop health & safety plans; our program provides that support to them.”
Who: Erika Buzby
Where: Massachusetts Department of Public Health
MOSES: Member since 2009.
Erika is responsible for identifying potential bacterial & viral threats to the citizens of Massachusetts. In a specialized environment she works to detect high suspect specimens that require rapid turnaround times and multi-agency responses. She ensures that the spread of infectious disease & harmful agents are identified to control the risk of disease to the public.
On January 4, the Group Insurance Commission (GIC) released a report that included recommendations to increase deductibles, raise prescription drug costs and change the design of healthcare plans for public employees.
The following week, MOSES joined with other public employee unions in pushing to delay the implementation of these recommendations until after the GIC holds a public hearing on the proposed changes. Despite our collective effort, as well as support from House and Senate leadership, on Thursday, January 19, the GIC voted to provide provisional approval for these recommendations. These changes may cost your family hundreds of dollars each year.
Attend the public hearing. Given the GIC's initial approval of these cost shifts, it is critical that MOSES members make their opposition heard at a public hearing on February 1 at 12:30 - 2:30 pm (Rabb Hall, Boston Public Library). We strongly urge everyone who can to attend this hearing to come and protest the unfair increases in medical costs for public employees.
Submit testimony. If you are unable to attend in person, submitting a short, written testimony for the record is helpful. This is an opportunity to tell your personal story or express your concerns about how increases in deductibles and co-pays will affect your families' budget! Here are some suggested talk/email points to include in your call/email.
Please let our Legislative Director, Liz Murphy, know if you can attend the hearing in person or if you are willing to submit written testimony (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call with questions (617.367.2727 ext. 318).
Share this image. The chart below shows clearly how cost "sharing" is really cost shifting. Beginning in 2009, public employees have steadily taken on a higher percent of their healthcare costs while the state has steadily decreased its share. In 2016, public employees paid the highest share to date - nearly 28% - of the costs, while the state paid their lowest - 72%. The proposed GIC changes would continue and accelerate these trend lines in the wrong directions.
MOSES members making a difference around the world. Each year, MOSES scientists and engineers donate their time to Engineers without Borders. Here is just a small sampling of the good and important work they do.
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