Senior Agenda Coalition honors Speaker Mattiello
STATE HOUSE – The Senior Agenda Coalition of Rhode Island has presented a special award to House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello in honor of several efforts by the House of Representatives in 2019 to improve the lives of seniors.
The coalition pointed to numerous legislative efforts, including the permanent funding of the no-fare bus pass program, funding to implement the independent provider program that provides another option for home care, the allocation of $185,000 for the “Carebreaks” respite program that supports family and volunteer caregivers by allowing them needed time off, and legislation that will ensure that seniors’ caregivers receive needed advice and support as part of the Medicaid homecare assessment process.
The organization presented the award to Speaker Mattiello Nov. 1 at its 12th annual Senior Conference and Expo at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick.
“I am honored to be recognized along with the entire House of Representatives by the Senior Agenda for efforts that we all agree are vital to improving the quality of life for seniors in Rhode Island. I consider the Senior Agenda Coalition a valuable partner in our work at the State House. Its advocacy helps us identify the most important needs of our seniors in the community so we can do our best to put our resources where they will make the greatest difference in their lives. I look forward to continuing to work with the coalition on many more efforts to help seniors live full lives here in our state,” said Speaker Mattiello (D-Dist. 15, Cranston).
IN PHOTO: Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, left, accepts an award from the Senior Agenda Coalition of Rhode Island, presented by Executive Director Bill Flynn, for the House’s support of several initiatives to improve the life of seniors, given at the Coalition’s Senior Conference and Expo in Warwick on November 1, 2019.
For more information, contact:
Larry Berman, Communications Director for the Office of the Speaker
State House Room 331A
Providence, RI 02903