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Archive July 2021

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News You Can Use: July 23, 2021

This week we announce the upcoming, in-person Building a Better Business event: Embalming Seminar with Dominick Astorino, slated for Sept. 16 at the Mass. Medical Society. We also provide: Information for funeral home owners about sharing employee vaccination status; A report on a big life expectancy rate drop in 2020; Updates from the Massachusetts National Cemetery at Bourne; and the application for milestone awards.

News You Can Use: July 16, 2021

This week we report on the testimony of our members on House Bill 2394 seeking vaccine equity in a public health emergency and the response of the Chairs of the Joint Committee on Public Health, which held the public hearing. We also: Outline next steps, now that the bill had its public hearing; Ask you to take a survey about EDRS; Include information about changing obituary deadlines at many Mass. newspapers; Encourage you to register for the NFSP webinar on cremation data and the next OSHA training; Share a request for research help from a Harvard graduate student.

News You Can Use: July 09, 2021

This week we share a statement MFDA submitted to the Joint Committee on Public Health regarding HB2394. Also shared this week:  Updates about upcoming events and training including OSHA On-Call, the Cremation: The Answer Is in the Numbers webinar & Funeral Service Appreciation Night; as well as a link to an essay, "30 Years as a Funeral Director didn't prepare me for COVID-19," by BT Hathaway.

News You Can Use: MFDA LEGISLATIVE ALERT 07/05/2021

MFDA members will testify on behalf of legislation seeking to ensure funeral workers will be classified as health care workers during public health crises. This update provides information about the bill and the hearing.

News You Can Use: July 2, 2021

This week we share information about an upcoming Legislative Alert. We also have: Results of a study looking at preneed vs. at-need spending; Information about misleading marketing emails and a reminder that MFDA does not endorse office/copier supply companies; Updates to the FEMA Reimbursement Application policy; and Reports on traffic increases.