Black History Month in 2024

Free COVID-19 Tests Available Again

Due to rising COVID-19 infection rates, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that as of September 25, 2023, free COVID-19 rapid tests are once again available to the public. In the past, the government shipped over 755 million tests, but the program paused in May of …

Black History Month in 2024

The 2023-2024 Flu Season Approaches

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the influenza (flu) season has been hard to predict; however, experts expect this flu season to start early again, like last year. Typically, the height of flu season occurs between December and February, the coldest months. In addition to the flu, COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus …

Health Vision Month

At-home Flu and COVID-19 Test

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EAU) for the first over-the-counter (OTC) at-home test that can detect influenza (flu) and COVID-19. Created by Lucira Health, this test can be self-administered via nasal swab and provide results in 30 minutes. This single-use test is for individuals …

2024 Pay or Play Affordability Percentage

Massachusetts’ COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Employer Reimbursement

Massachusetts’ COVID-19 emergency paid sick leave program expired March 15, 2022. This law required employers to provide up to 40 hours of paid sick leave for certain COVID-19-related reasons. In late February, the Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration and Finance alerted employers that reimbursements for the program were reaching their …