The Massachusetts Assisted Living Facilities Association (Mass-ALFA) board of directors has selected Richard T. Moore of Uxbridge as the new president of the organization, according to Sharon Ricardi, Mass-ALFA board chair and senior vice president of Burlington-based Northbridge Companies, a leader in independent living, assisted living, and memory care residences.
“We are thrilled and honored to have Richard take the helm of Mass-ALFA in this time of exciting growth,” said Ricardi. “As Massachusetts’ aging population increases and more older adults are looking to assisted living to fill their need for a supportive living environment that is based on dignity, independence, and choice, Richard’s expertise on health care policy issues, as well as his record of service to older adults, makes him the ideal candidate for this role.”
Moore, a former longtime legislator, most recently served as president pro tempore of the Massachusetts Senate and is considered a national expert on health care policy.
With an extensive record of public policy advocacy, Moore is experienced in working with state executive and legislative leaders, especially in the field of senior living. In Massachusetts, assisted living communities are regulated by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs. Moore succeeds Emily Meyer, who left to pursue other career opportunities late last year. Association vice president Michael Banville has been interim president.
During his distinguished legislative career, Moore was among the lead authors of the landmark 2006 Massachusetts health reform law that succeeded in gaining near universal health insurance coverage for Massachusetts residents, and was also the lead Senate author of the state’s first-in-the-nation 2012 health care cost containment law. He was also instrumental in passing legislation for Senior Care Options (SCO), the state’s program to care for so-called dual-eligible seniors on both Medicare and Medicaid, legislation to establish the state’s falls prevention program, Prescription Advantage drug assistance program, and Mass Med Line, now known as Pharmacy Outreach operated by Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Services (MCPHS) University under contract with the Executive Office of Elder Affairs.
“The senior living industry is at an historic crossroads,” Moore noted. “As the ‘baby-boomer’ generation moves into American senior living communities, we have a new list of responsibilities to uphold, challenges to overcome, and opportunities upon which to build. It’s an exciting time to be part of the leadership in this period of significant change,” he added.
Moore is also a former associate director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the Clinton Administration and a former college administrator having served as associate dean of students at Assumption College in Worcester and assistant to the president of Bentley University in Waltham.
Leading Mass-ALFA, Moore hopes to build the 25-year-old trade group into the premier state organization advocating for the needs of senior citizens, especially with regard to safe, high-quality assisted living communities. Mass-ALFA is a nonprofit association dedicated to professionally operated assisted living residences in Massachusetts that provide housing and services for individuals with varied needs and income levels. Assisted living is an increasingly important service for elders, their families and caregivers throughout the Commonwealth and nation.
Moore was identified as part of a comprehensive search process led by the Mass-ALFA board. His appointment is effective August 10, 2015.
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