Pediatric health coverage a bigger issue after COVID
WWLP - November 10, 2021
Rausch’s testimony was about a bill (S 723) that would require all insurers in Massachusetts to offer coverage for preventive well child visits once a calendar year rather than annually, which is the practice of many insurers and which Rausch said translates in practice to 12 months plus one day. She said it was a problem before the pandemic that has turned into an even bigger problem now.
Asset forfeiture reformers eye scope of seizures
State House News Service - October 26,2021
Rep. Sena and Sen. Rausch both testified before the Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight on behalf of the bills they filed (H 3233 / S 2105) to bring transparency to the civil forfeiture process.
Higher COVID vaccination rate in Massachusetts could spare hospitals from another surge
MassLive - October 20, 2021
Rausch said Massachusetts “still has much work to do” to ensure all eligible residents are immunized. Disinformation and scare tactics have fueled vaccine hesitancy, in addition to the systemic racism that’s stymied vaccine uptake in communities of color.
Attleboro area senator says pandemic-era election reforms one step closer to being instituted
East meets west: State officials get first-hand account of the struggles Valley farmers face
Daily Hampshire Gazette - September 19, 2021
State lawmakers toured four farms in Hampshire and Franklin counties on Friday to better understand the challenges facing farming communities in western Massachusetts.
We Need to Hear Black Women's Voices: Study at Boston Hospitals looks at Wide Disparity in Maternal Deaths
WGBH - August 18, 2021
“I also hope that the stories of people’s lived realities, of giving birth in the Commonwealth, hopefully both before and during the pandemic, will show up in the commission’s report.”
Lawmakers propose Universal Mask Mandate across all Massachusetts Schools
CBS News - August 3, 2021
Senator Rausch filed a bill requiring K-12 teachers, students, and school administrators to wear masks within school facilities. “With less than a month before our children head back to school, this administration choses to play Russian roulette with the health of Massachusetts students and families,”
Massachusetts again becomes ground zero for pandemic
Metrowest Daily News - August 1, 2021
"Kids, parents, teachers and school committees have been through enough; they deserve better than weak, unenforceable, nonbinding guidelines that further endanger their health and safety."
The Debate Over Masks in Mass. Schools this Fall
GBH News - July 29, 2021
Senator Rausch advocates for consistent state-wide guidance on mask wearing in schools in lieu of comprehensive and robust masking policy from the Baker Administration.