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At the Capitol: New Minnesota Senate Leadership and Special Session

On September 15, 2021 by Matt Steele

This week, lawmakers have yet to call a special session to allocate the $250 million set aside for Hero Pay bonuses, and new Senate majority and minority leaders have been elected. Here is what you need to know about what is happening at the Capitol this week:

At the Capitol: Minnesota Lawmakers Working Overtime on Hero Pay Bonus Package

On September 8, 2021 by Matt Steele

Thursday, Sept. 2 marked the final working group meeting for Hero Pay. Since July, lawmakers have been meeting to finalize how the $250 million allocated to reward frontline workers will be distributed. In their final meeting, co-chairs Senator Housley and Majority Leader Winkler indicated that progress is being made. However, they have yet to reach a consensus and will continue the conversation beyond their self-imposed deadline of Sept. 7.

Workforce Survey Results to Inform Key Advocacy to Address Staffing Challenges

On September 8, 2021 by Jeff Bostic

This week, the Long-Term Care Imperative is conducting a survey of workforce conditions faced by care center and assisted living members.

Contact Your Lawmakers in D.C. Today

On September 1, 2021 by Libbie Chapuran

Share your thoughts on vaccine mandates. Show your support for the Infrastructure Bill.

Join your peers from around the country in a national advocacy effort and contact your elected officials today. LeadingAge, our national affiliate, has launched two grassroots campaigns and now is the time to act. Send a message to your U.S. Representatives and Senators.

At the Capitol: Minnesota Lawmakers Enter the Final Stretch of Hearings on Hero Pay

On September 1, 2021 by Matt Steele

In late July, a select working group began hosting hearings on allocating the money set aside during the 2021 special session for Hero Pay bonuses for frontline workers. Several different groups are vying for a piece of the $250 million. This week, the working group hosted a hearing to discuss the criteria used to allocate the money.

MN Senators Urge Biden Administration to Release PRF Funds Immediately

On September 1, 2021 by Matt Steele

Minnesota Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith joined a group of 43 senators urging U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra to distribute the funds remaining in the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) and other health care relief programs.

Engage with Argentum’s “Release the PRF” Campaign

On August 25, 2021 by Matt Steele

Argentum, a national affiliate of LeadingAge Minnesota, has launched a 5-week campaign to encourage the federal government to release Provider Relief Funds promised to long-term care providers to assist in responding to COVID-19.

At the Capitol: Minnesota Lawmakers Continue Hearings on Hero Pay

On August 18, 2021 by Matt Steele

In late July, a select working group began hosting hearings on allocating the money set aside during the 2021 special session for bonuses for frontline workers. Several different groups are vying for the $250 million set aside for the bonuses and this week. The working group is hosting a hearing to discuss eligibility requirements and take more public testimony.

At the Capitol: Minnesota Lawmakers Host Hearings on Hero Pay

On August 4, 2021 by Matt Steele

On Tuesday, July 27, a select working group began hosting a series of hearings to determine how to allocate the money set aside during a special session for Hero Pay bonuses for frontline workers. Several different groups are vying for the $250 million set aside for the bonuses, and this week, the working group is hosting a hearing to discuss the effects of the pandemic on long-term care staff. Here is what you need to know about what is happening at the capitol this week:

MDH Clarifies Implementation of Assessment Changes from Special Session

On August 4, 2021 by Jeff Bostic

During the June special session, legislation changed resident assessment practices that care centers now need to follow: the requirement for a significant change assessment after therapy services end or after completing a period of required isolation for an infection.

Tell Congress: Include Investments for Older Adults and the Providers Who Serve Them

On July 28, 2021 by Libbie Chapuran

Congressional leaders are deep in negotiations on a $3.5 trillion infrastructure investment package—so NOW is the moment to make sure US Representatives and Senators hear our voices!

Tell Congress: Include Investments for Older Adults

On July 21, 2021 by Libbie Chapuran

Congress has begun developing a $3.5 trillion infrastructure investment package — so NOW is the moment to make sure U.S. Representatives and Senators hear our voices!

New Polling Data Shows Overwhelming Support for Investment in Older Adults

On July 14, 2021 by Libbie Chapuran

Americans strongly back more significant investments in services to support older adults, finds a new LeadingAge poll of U.S. adults.

American families face a crisis as millions of us are growing older without access to affordable care and the support we need.

Lawmakers Wrap Up Work on State Budget

On July 7, 2021 by Kari Thurlow

With a final push and some surprise twists, Minnesota lawmakers dodged the threat of state agency and services shutdowns, just barely meeting their deadline to pass a $52 billion state budget. Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. was lawmakers' deadline to get all 13 of their state budget bills through both chambers of the Legislature and to Governor Walz's desk for his signature. Governor Walz has signed the 12 budget bills and the tax bill, averting the potential disaster of state agency shutdown.

HHS Budget Reflects Key LTC Imperative Priorities

On June 30, 2021 by Jeff Bostic

The Minnesota State Legislature has passed the Health and Human Services (HHS) budget bill for the next biennium, and the bill has been signed into law by Gov. Tim Walz. The passage of this legislation, a bill that lawmakers heavily debated, is a critical step in finalizing a state budget before the new fiscal year on July 1. Since the bill is now law, there will be no shutdown of health and human services programs even if lawmakers fail to agree in other budget areas.

Hero Pay Legislation Advances in Tax Bill

On June 30, 2021 by Kari Thurlow

A top legislative priority for LeadingAge Minnesota this year has been to secure hero pay bonuses to employees in senior care settings. Last week, legislative leaders announced an agreement to set aside some funding for hero pay bonuses. But until recently, we had few details. This weekend, lawmakers adopted an amendment that laid out a process to finalize hero pay bonuses this summer.

At the Capitol: Hero Pay Bonuses for LTC Workers Included in Budget Deal

On June 23, 2021 by Matt Steele

As lawmakers work to complete their work to agree upon a two-year budget before July 1, legislative leaders announced an agreement to allocate $250 million for Hero Pay bonuses for frontline workers during the pandemic.

At the Capitol: Minnesota Lawmakers Return for Special Session

On June 16, 2021 by Matt Steele

On Monday, June 14, Governor Walz called a special session to finalize and pass a two-year state budget. At the outset of the special session, only a few committees had publicly announced their joint agreements with the remaining budget areas having until June 30 to finalize unresolved details to avoid a state government shutdown. Here is what you need to know about what is happening at the capitol this week:

DHS to Begin Issuing Medicaid Termination Letters due to Potential for Government Shutdown

On June 16, 2021 by Jeff Bostic

In the event of a state government shutdown, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) will cease payments to providers of Medicaid services. Per the statutory obligation, DHS will begin to inform Medicaid providers, including aging services providers who serve Medicaid clients, via letters that will be sent out as early as this week.

At the Capitol: Minnesota Lawmakers Prepare to Return for Special Session

On June 9, 2021 by Matt Steele

With Governor Walz expected to call a special session on Monday, lawmakers worked this past week, mostly behind closed doors, to iron out differences in the two-year budget. By Monday, June 7, only three committees--Commerce and Energy, Legacy, and Higher Education--had publicly announced their joint budget agreements. Here is what you need to know about what is happening at the capitol this week:

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