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Caitlin R. Beresin

ML Strategies - Vice President Legislative Affairs

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Caitlin is a Senior Manager of State Government Relations at ML Strategies. With over 10 years of experience with health care matters, Caitlin focuses primarily on mental health systems, substance abuse treatment, and behavioral health related issues. In addition to her healthcare expertise, Caitlin has worked on issues related to housing development, education, public health, criminal justice and economic development.

Prior to joining ML Strategies, Caitlin worked as a staff attorney on the House Committee on Ways and Means. There she gained an in-depth understanding of the legislative and budgetary process through handling legislative drafting and redrafting of matters before the committee and advising the chairman on matters relative to behavioral health and other intersecting subjects including social determinants of health.

Previously, Caitlin worked as general counsel and staff director for the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, where she led all legislative, research, planning, and scheduling matters for the committee. She planned and organized legislative and oversight hearings; drafted and redrafted legislation; and played a major role in shaping the policy and language of Chapter 258 of the Acts of 2014, An Act to Increase Opportunities for Long Term Substance Abuse Recovery. Before starting work at the state house, Caitlin practiced criminal defense for a small firm in Braintree, Massachusetts.

Education

  • New England Law (JD, cum laude)
  • University of Massachusetts - Amherst (BA)

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As the Legislature approaches the Holiday recess, health care costs and access continue to be at the forefront of the agenda. The Baker Administration released the VALUE Act on October 18th and the Senate filed the PACT Act on November 7th. 
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With less than a year to go until the end of formal sessions on July 31, 2020, Massachusetts legislators are back in action this month to begin tackling a robust policy agenda. We are poised to see action on both new and pending legislation this fall on a number of priority policy areas.
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On Monday, July 22nd the Massachusetts Legislature finalized the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget and delivered it to Governor Baker’s desk for approval. The Legislature’s Budget Conference Committee, led by Chairmen Representative Aaron Michlewitz (D- Boston) and Senator Michael Rodrigues (D- Somerset), authorizes $43.1 billion in state spending for this fiscal year and included the largest annual increase for K-12 education in the state’s history, a $269 million dollar lift.
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The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (“HPC”) held its annual Health Care Cost Trends Hearing on October 16-17, 2018. The hearing covered a wide range of topics affecting the health care industry here in the Commonwealth and across the country. Here are some key takeaways and a legislative outlook.
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On Wednesday, April 11, the House Ways and Means Committee proposed a $40.991 billion budget for FY2019 that represents an increase of $1.24 billion, or 3.1 percent, above FY2018 spending levels. The budget proposes $83 million more in spending than Governor Charlie Baker recommended in the FY2019 budget he filed in January.
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On Wednesday, January 24, 2018, Governor Charlie Baker released a $40.9 billion budget proposal for FY2019. The plan, commonly referred to as House 2, is the fourth Baker has proposed since assuming office and increases spending by 2.6% over FY2018 levels.
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The Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) voted in late December to approve draft regulations establishing the framework for the recreational marijuana industry of Massachusetts.
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Massachusetts policymakers continue to debate health care reform proposals with important implications for industry stakeholders.
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On Tuesday, October 17, Massachusetts Senate leaders released comprehensive health care legislation containing a wide range of provisions significantly impacting industry stakeholders.
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ML Strategies’ Julie Cox, David O’Connor and Caitlin Beresin collaborated on a Law360 column discussing the impact of the cannabis industry, specifically as it pertains to the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana and the growing awareness of the environmental impacts it has.