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Elder Economic Security Commission

SECTION 187.   There shall be a special commission established pursuant to section 2A of chapter 4 of the General Laws to make an investigation and study of elder economic security and to make recommendations to increase elder economic security where appropriate and necessary. The special commission shall consist of the house and senate chairs of the committee on elder affairs or their designees, who shall serve as co-chairs; the secretary of elder affairs or a designee; the undersecretary of consumer affairs and business regulation or a designee; the executive director of Mass Home Care or a designee; the state director of AARP Massachusetts or a designee; the executive director of the Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging Inc. or a designee; the president of the Alzheimer's Association or a designee; the executive director of Massachusetts Senior Action Council or a designee; the executive director of Massachusetts Association of Older Americans or a designee; the director of the Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts at Boston or a designee, a legal services attorney specializing in elder law or a designee; and 4 members to be appointed by the governor, 1 of whom shall be a member of the Massachusetts bar who specializes in the area of elder law, 1 of whom shall be an expert in geriatric mental health, 1 of whom shall be an expert in financial services and 1 of whom shall be an expert in home care service delivery.

          The commission shall examine strategies to increase elder economic security and enable older residents to remain in the commonwealth and in their communities. The commission shall assess older adults' current levels of economic security, identify the policy and program options now available to older adults and consider best practices for enhancing elder economic security including, but not limited to, using measures such as the Massachusetts Elder Economic Security Standard. The commission shall assess current state and local programming and related funding needed to increase economic security for the growing elder population.

The commission, in formulating its recommendations, shall take into account the best policies and practices in other states and jurisdictions. The commission may hold regular public meetings, fact-finding hearings and other public forums as it considers necessary.

          The commission shall file its recommendations, together with drafts of legislation necessary to carry those recommendations into effect, with the clerks of the senate and house of representatives not later than June 30, 2014.