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State Budget Surplus of $1.4 Billion Projected

On December 6, 2016 by Jeff Bostic

The Minnesota Department of Management and Budget released its November forecast last week, which showed the state is projected to have a $1.4 billion surplus in the biennium that begins July 1. Compared to the end of the last legislative session, the surplus has dropped by more than $300 million, primarily because of projected decreases in tax revenue. 

Lawmaker Tours at LeadingAge Minnesota Communities Have a Huge Impact

On February 3, 2016 by Danielle Salisbury

Over the last week, several lawmakers in different parts of the state visited LeadingAge Minnesota members to meet with seniors, staff and board members and learn more about the issues most important to senior care in our state. These tours are a part of our Grassroots 2016: Be the Voice campaign. We challenged members to host 50 visits with lawmakers this month, and we are on our way to achieving our goal.

Be the Voice: February is Host Your Lawmaker Month

On January 26, 2016 by Danielle Salisbury

LeadingAge Minnesota members have hosted more than 50 tours with lawmakers at adult day services centers, assisted living communities and care centers across Minnesota since the 2015 legislative session ended. Tours are extremely impactful and show lawmakers firsthand the important work we do every day on behalf of those we serve and the challenges we face in delivering high quality care. In February, we are launching Host Your Lawmaker month as part of our Be the Voice grassroots advocacy campaign.

50 Lawmakers Tours Complete!

On January 19, 2016 by Danielle Salisbury

Five LeadingAge Minnesota members hosted lawmakers at their communities over the past week: Auburn Homes and Services, Chaska; Colonial Manor, Balaton; Hendricks Community, Hendricks; Divine Providence Health Center, Ivanhoe; and Tuff Memorial Home, Hills. These tours total over 50 lawmaker tours at member sites since the end of the 2015 session!

Be the Voice: Send Postcards Today!

On January 13, 2016 by Danielle Salisbury

We are almost halfway through January's Share Your Testimonial Month. This month we are asking members to share testimonials with their lawmakers regarding what the new payment system means for those working and living in care centers as well as the importance of home and community-based services for those working and receiving support in independent living, assisted living/housing with services, home care and adult day.

Representative Slocum Visits Mainstreet Village

On December 23, 2015 by Danielle Salisbury

LeadingAge Minnesota members continue to host lawmakers each week to help bolster our legislative champions at the State Capitol and showcase the many ways we serve seniors. Representative Linda Slocum (DFL–Richfield) last week toured Mainstreet Village of Richfield, an Avinity housing with services organization that provides independent senior living, assisted living and memory care to seniors.

Federal Update: Budget Deal Reached, Adult Day Legislation Advances

On December 16, 2015 by Jodi Boyne

As the year comes to an end, Congress is working on finalizing details of the 2016 Omnibus Spending Bill and we are seeing some progress in the advancement of legislation that would specifically benefit adult day services providers.

Lawmakers Attend Long Term Care and Housing with Services Roundtable

On September 30, 2015 by Danielle Salisbury

Guardian Pharmacy hosted a legislative roundtable in St. Cloud last week focused on seniors, individuals with disabilities and those who provide them with quality care. This is the fourth year that Guardian Pharmacy has held such an event.

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