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2018 Session Preview Now Available On-Demand for LAMN Members

On February 14, 2018 by Libbie Chapuran

The Minnesota Legislature is scheduled to convene on Tuesday, Feb. 20, and aging services providers have a lot at stake. LeadingAge Minnesota hosted an interactive legislative session preview webinar for members in January. Members who were unable to join us can now access the webinar. 

Senator Housley Hosts Listening Sessions Throughout the State

On February 14, 2018 by Libbie Chapuran

State Senators are holding a series of listening sessions focused on aging and long-term care issues across Minnesota throughout February and April. The listening sessions, hosted by Senator Karin Housley (R-St. Mary’s Point), chair of the Senate Aging and Long-Term Care Policy Committee, are designed to be a venue for vulnerable Minnesotans and their families to share their stories. 

Long-Term Care Imperative Shares Reform Recommendations to Address Maltreatment

On January 31, 2018 by Kari Thurlow

Two Minnesota Senate committees held a joint hearing last week regarding the state’s handling of vulnerable adult maltreatment complaints. LeadingAge Minnesota and its partner in the Long-Term Care Imperative (LTCI) testified at the hearing, and shared several recommendations for policy reforms that could be passed in the next legislative session to address ongoing concerns. 

Spread the Word: Promote the Face Aging MN Interactive Map

On January 23, 2018 by Jodi Boyne

We know it’s going to take a lot of us working together to best prepare Minnesota for the impact and opportunities of its fast-growing aging population. We need your help to start this important conversation in communities across the state. Join us in promoting the new Face Aging MN interactive map. 

2018 Legislative Session: Get the Pre-Session Scoop

On January 16, 2018 by Libbie Chapuran

Join us for a preview of the 2018 Legislative Session via webinar on Jan. 31 from 1 – 2 p.m. The 2018 Legislative Session will convene on Feb. 20 and will likely be a short, focused session. Although it is not a budget year, lawmakers promised to address many important issues, including the protection of vulnerable adults. 

Time for Action is Now: US Senate Takes Up Healthcare Reform Bill

On July 26, 2017 by Libbie Chapuran

Yesterday, the Senate passed a motion to proceed and take up the federal health care reform bill. Now we will see up to 20 hours of debate, followed by amendments, and then a final vote. Instead of going through the traditional committee process, the bill essentially will be crafted on the Senate floor. 

Miss the Legislative Recap at District Meetings? Download our Advocacy Update

On June 13, 2017 by Jodi Boyne

Thanks to everyone who attended a June District meeting to participate in our recap of the 2017 legislative session. We appreciate the feedback you provided, as well as thoughts on next steps in legislative, regulatory and grassroots advocacy. 

Legislative Update: Top Legislative Priorities Appear to Be Included in HHS Budget Deal

On May 24, 2017 by Kari Thurlow

The Minnesota Legislature has now blown past two deadlines this week and still has not completed its required work of passing a budget for the next two years. As of this morning, the House and Senate have yet to pass the final six budget bills. While we have not seen the details of the Health & Human Services (HHS) budget bill, a spreadsheet posted at 5:45 a.m. indicates several of our legislative priorities appear to be in the bill. 

Negotiations Continue at State Capitol; Senator Abeler Tells Members to Get Engaged

On May 17, 2017 by Kari Thurlow

With less than a week to go in the legislative session, lawmakers continue to negotiate a framework for a final budget deal. Legislative leaders and Governor Mark Dayton yesterday reached agreement on the agriculture bill, the smallest of the 10 bills that comprise the state budget. While both sides continue to trade offers reflecting movement from their original negotiating positions, big differences remain in the other budget areas. 

State Budget Trajectory Changes Abruptly

On May 9, 2017 by Libbie Chapuran

Budget negotiations quickly shifted on Tuesday morning after legislative leaders moved all omnibus budget bills forward, despite a lack of agreement from Governor Dayton. The move came just after behind-the-scenes work began late last week to find agreement in budget areas where little disagreement remains. 

House and Senate Agree to New HHS Budget Bill, Wait for Governor’s Input

On May 2, 2017 by Libbie Chapuran

The Minnesota Legislature this week moved newly-negotiated budget bills through conference committees after the House and Senate established joint budget targets late last week. 

Grassroots Advocacy Focus Shifts to Senate, HHS Bill Conferees

On April 25, 2017 by Libbie Chapuran

The Senate will become a top target for grassroots messaging as legislators begin to negotiate the final state budget. The Senate’s version of the Health and Human Services budget bill (SF 800) includes Elderly Waiver reform along with comprehensive caregiver recruitment tools. 

Legislature Returns from Recess—Get Ready to Advocate!

On April 18, 2017 by Jodi Boyne

The Minnesota Legislature has returned from its spring recess with a focus on the next step in state budget negotiations: conference committees. The House and Senate have appointed their conferees, and we are pleased to report that several chief authors of our legislative priorities will serve on the Health & Human Services (HHS) Finance conference committee.   

Mid-Session Legislative Update: Better Together – Take Action Now!

On April 12, 2017 by Kari Thurlow

The Minnesota Legislature is now on a 10-day break. Republican majorities set an aggressive timeline for budget work this session, forcing committees to work fast and furiously to pass their proposals for balancing the state’s biennial budget before leaving the State Capitol last week. Our mid-session legislative update brings you the latest news on our priorities and a preview of what's to come in budgt negotiations. Plus a video from our President and CEO Gayle Kvenvold on how you can engage your networks to make our agenda a priority when legislators return. 

Register Today – 2017 Mid-Session Update Webinar

On April 5, 2017 by Libbie Chapuran

The Minnesota Legislature plans to have passed all budget bills out of their respective chambers this week and will be back in their districts for Easter/Passover break. To review the activity at the Capitol so far and what to expect next when legislators return, the LeadingAge Minnesota Advocacy Team will host a free webinar on Tuesday, April 11 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Advocacy in Action: 100+ Share Their Stories with Lawmakers

On April 5, 2017 by Libbie Chapuran

More than 100 LeadingAge Minnesota members joined together on Thursday, March 30 for the 2017 Day at the Capitol. Despite last-minute changes in the legislative schedule, members met with their lawmakers to express the importance of legislative proposals to reform the Elderly Waiver program, invest in caregivers, and clarify the care center value-based reimbursement system. 

Survey Results Show Workforce Challenges in Housing-with-Services

On April 5, 2017 by Jeff Bostic

Attracting and retaining adequate staff in senior living settings continues to be a challenge, as evidenced by the results of the 2017 Housing-with-Services Workforce Legislative Survey

House Republicans Pull AHCA

On March 28, 2017 by Jodi Boyne

A bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was pulled from a vote by U.S. House Republican leadership late Friday afternoon. The decision to delay the vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) came after days of internal negotiations that did not yield enough votes to pass the bill. 

Legislative Workforce Initiatives Funded in Omnibus Budget Bills

On March 28, 2017 by Libbie Chapuran

At the beginning of the 2017 legislative session, the Long-Term Care Imperative identified three workforce priorities to help address the shortage in professional caregivers. Each bill has moved through the legislative process and has been included in some capacity in different versions of omnibus budget bills. 

Elderly Waiver Reform Included in Senate Bill

On March 28, 2017 by Jeff Bostic

The Elderly Waiver (EW) reform bill, after receiving hearings in multiple committees in both the House and Senate, has ultimately emerged in a somewhat limited form in the Senate Health and Human Services (HHS) Finance bill (SF 800). While we are disappointed that it is not in the House bill and that we did not get funding for the full need to improve the program, the Senate bill represents an excellent step forward. 

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