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Report | MASSPIRG Education Fund

Nursing Home Safety During COVID: PPE Shortages

Massachusetts nursing homes, along with thousands nationwide, have  dangerous shortages of masks, gowns and other items they need to protect residents, workers and the broader community from COVID-19. When nursing homes don’t have enough personal protective equipment (PPE), it leads to outbreaks among residents and staff, worker quarantines and shortages, and more risk to workers’ and residents’ families and neighborhoods.

In the spring, outbreaks in nursing homes made state and national headlines. Now, seven months into this pandemic, PPE shortages have become much worse, according to “Nursing Home Safety During COVID: PPE Shortages,” a report by MASSPIRG Education Fund and Frontier Group.

Report | MASSPIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection

Auto Loan Complaints on the Rise

Consumer complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regarding vehicle loans and leases have increased sharply during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report by the MASSPIRG Education Fund and Frontier Group.

Report | MASSPIRG

21st Century Transportation: Regional Transit Authorities and the FY21 State Budget

As the Massachusetts legislature considers the fiscal year 2021 state budget, this report documents the urgency for ongoing financial support for the Regional Transit Authorities. For the RTAs to thrive and play a substantial role in building a cleaner, greener, and more equitable statewide transportation network, they need sufficient state investment totaling $94 million.

Report | MASSPIRG

Hospital Repair Restrictions

COVID-19 is putting incredible stress on the U.S. medical system, including the work of hospital biomedical repair technicians, known as biomeds or BMETs. These technicians are essential; hospitals need working equipment to diagnose and treat patients. But in some cases, manufacturers restrict access to what biomeds need.

As ventilators are pressed into around-the-clock use, repair and maintenance issues will increase. While some ventilator manufacturers provide service information, other manufacturers make it hard to access manuals, read error logs or run diagnostic tests.

Report | MASSPIRG

21st Century Transportation: MBTA Governance and Transformation

With Governor Baker’s Fiscal and Management Control Board set to expire in June, a coalition of transportation advocacy groups released a report that details recommendations for future oversight of the MBTA. The report offers a path forward that will better serve riders and create a transportation system for the future.

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