LWVA Interest Groups

The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts is currently studying charter schools. A new position will be adopted in 2017, enabling the League to advocate on associated issues at the state and local levels.

A new position on Aging in the Amherst Area will be recommended for adoption by concurrence at the annual meeting of the League of Women Voters of Amherst on May 26.

A summary report of the findings of the LWVA Study Committee investigating support systems available to elders in the Amherst Area has been released.

Questions for the second of the two national studies on this topic invite us to consider when and how political speech might be limited, if at all.

On Wednesday, October 28, 2015, a panel heard personal stories about issues dealing with private health insurance companies. Comments came from both patients and providers. All of the stories from the Speak Out will be collected and given to the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing at a hearing in Boston for single payer bills.

On Wednesday, October 28, 2015, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Cape Cod Lounge of the UMass Student Union, the League of Women Voters of Amherst will host a program entitled Speak Out for Health Care Justice: Is Health Care in Massachusetts Working for You?

Information and consensus meetings for this national LWV study are planned for November 10 and November 18, respectively. The public is welcome as participants on November 10, and as observers on November 18.

One part of the three-part study on “Key Structures of Democracy” adopted by LWVUS in 2014 is designed to provide the League with principles on which to base a decision to approve or oppose amending the Constitution. Materials for this component are now available and LWVA is forming a study committee.

On July 30th, demonstrations all across the country will herald the 50th birthday of Medicare. The LWVA Health Care Committee will join with other organizations in the area to plan a joyful demonstration on July 30th. We will ask local legislators and other elected officials to join us in this celebration.

The Health Care Committee is planning a program with the MA Department of Mental Health entitled "GOOD Mental Health. It starts with a conversation." The program is planned for Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 7:00pm - 9:00pm at the Unitarian Universalist Society, 121 N. Pleasant St, Amherst. Featured speakers will present personal accounts of recovery and resiliency. Discussions will focus on dispelling myths about mental health issues, removing obstacles to acceptance in our community and better understanding.

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