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Register for Virtual Day at the Capitol, April 5

On March 17, 2022 by Matt Steele

We invite your voices at our upcoming Virtual Day at the Capitol. Join other LeadingAge Minnesota members in a day filled with information and advocacy.

This Week at the Capitol: PACE Legislation Progresses

On March 10, 2022 by Erin Huppert

This week, the House Human Services Committee took up HF 2283, a bill to allow Minnesota to fully implement the Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), a nationally recognized and supported community-based model of care for frail older adults.

State Budget Surplus Now More Than $9 Billion

On March 3, 2022 by Jeff Bostic

The Minnesota Office of Management and Budget (MMB) released the February budget forecast earlier this week. This budget will guide lawmakers as they determine their spending priorities in the current legislative session. Since the last forecast in November, the budget surplus for the two years ended June 30, 2023, has grown by $1.5 billion to a historic $9.25 billion.

At the Capitol: Senate and House Hear Bills to Help Tackle Long-Term Care Workforce Crisis

On February 24, 2022 by Matt Steele

One month into the legislative session, bills are moving through the committee process rapidly. This week, three bills with our Long-Term Care Imperative-supported proposals were heard in Senate and House committees.

Newly Introduced Nursing Home Workforce Standards Bill Would Cause Troubling Unintended Consequences 

On February 17, 2022 by Libbie Chapuran

This week, a bill introduced in the Minnesota House of Representatives to impose workforce standards in nursing home settings would yield troubling unintended consequences if passed. HF 3405, introduced by House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler (DFL-Golden Valley) and supported by SEIU, would establish the Minnesota Nursing Home Workforce Standards Board with broad authority to regulate employment standards for nursing home workers. 

At the Capitol: Minnesota Senate Hears Long-Term Care Relief Bills

On February 17, 2022 by Matt Steele

This week, the Minnesota Senate discussed two bills aimed at helping to resolve the workforce crisis in long-term care. The proposals contain funding for the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), hiring and retention bonuses, education and training grants, temporary regulatory changes for retired and out-of-state nurses to practice, modification of training requirements in long-term care settings, and a correction program for sites to work with MDH on technical issues.

Advocate! Connect with Your Lawmakers at Upcoming Lobby Days in St. Paul and on the Hill

On February 10, 2022 by Libbie Chapuran

Want to take your advocacy to the next level? We encourage you to consider attending one – or more – of the upcoming advocacy days at the State and Federal levels.

Federal Legislation Aims to Create Caregiver Fund and Establish Workforce Grants

On February 10, 2022 by Libbie Chapuran

HR 6530 was introduced in the US House of Representatives directly at Argentum’s request and includes two primary components. If passed, the legislation would create a $10 billion caregiver sustainability fund similar to the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) and establish $1.25 billion in federal grants for workforce development that would provide four-year grants of up to $1 million per entity.

ICYMI: Contact your lawmaker; ask them to support caregivers

On February 10, 2022 by Libbie Chapuran

This week at Institute, we’ve asked thousands of senior services professionals to contact their lawmakers and ask them to support caregivers with the wages they deserve. If you missed our call to action at Institute, we invite you to join us today!

At the Capitol: Historic Session Kicks-Off with $7.7 Billion Surplus

On February 3, 2022 by Matt Steele

On Monday, lawmakers gathered back in Saint Paul to begin the 2022 legislative session with a projected $7.7 billion surplus top of mind for most at the Capitol. About four months before adjournment on May 23, LeadingAge Minnesota and our partner in the Long-Term Care Imperative are seeking support from the state to pay caregivers the wages they deserve and ensure access to care in all the places seniors call home.

Advocating for Workforce Solutions: Engage Your Community

On January 20, 2022 by Matt Steele

The Minnesota Legislature will convene for the 2022 session on Jan. 31, and a strong grassroots network is an essential part of our strategy to drive action. We've created a tool to help you engage members of your community to add voices that can help us share the importance of increasing wages for caregivers and ensuring access to care for seniors.

JOIN US: Virtual Advocacy Day at the Capitol on April 5

On January 13, 2022 by Matt Steele

Join us on April 5 for a day of virtual advocacy at the Capitol featuring expert training from our public affairs team, opportunities to meet with your legislator, and times to share with colleagues from around the state about your successes and challenges in serving seniors.

Skilled Nursing Providers: Take Action Before the Senate Passes the Build Back Better Act!

On December 16, 2021 by Matt Steele

The Build Back Better Act (BBB) currently being debated in the Senate requires nursing homes to have a registered nurse on staff 24 hours a day.

Critical LTC Investment in Moving in Congress

On November 11, 2021 by Jeff Bostic

Congress is currently working on the Build Back Better Act, the second part of President Biden's infrastructure improvement effort. The BBB is a $1.75 trillion proposal to enhance and improve "social" infrastructure, including services to older adults. It is currently being finalized in the House. Then it will head to the Senate and, once both houses agree, to the President. The current version of the bill includes the following investments in programs for older adults-

At the Capitol: Senate Holds Hearing on Vaccine Mandate and Long-Term Care Workforce Crisis

On November 11, 2021 by Matt Steele

The Senate Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee met on Wednesday, Nov. 10 to discuss the recently-released rules surrounding the federal vaccine mandate for long-term care workers and the broader workforce emergency occurring in the long-term care sector.

At the Capitol and Across the State: Lawmakers Visit LeadingAge Sites Throughout Minnesota

On October 28, 2021 by Matt Steele

Since early August, several LeadingAge Minnesota members across the state have invited federal and state lawmakers from both political parties into their communities to raise awareness around the growing workforce crisis in long-term care.

Hero Pay Conversations Reach Impasse

On October 28, 2021 by Matt Steele

The Frontline Worker Pay Work Group met for the final time yesterday. Unfortunately, the legislators could not find a consensus on a proposal for Hero Pay bonus distribution. After meeting over a dozen times, lawmakers sent a DFL-supported report, known as the majority proposal, and a Republican report, known as the minority proposal, to be reviewed by the legislature if a special session were to be called by Gov. Walz, an increasingly unlikely scenario.

MDH and DHS Seek SNF Assistance with Hospital Decompression

On October 21, 2021 by Kari Thurlow

The Departments of Human Services (DHS) and Health (MDH) are working with hospitals and long-term care providers to quickly identify 4-5 skilled nursing facilities that can stand up "hospital decompression sites" that would allow for increased movement between acute and post-acute settings.

Workgroup at an Impasse on Frontline Worker Bonuses; Prospects for Special Session Grow Dim

On October 21, 2021 by Kari Thurlow

The Frontline Worker Pay Work Group met yesterday—more than a month past its designated deadline for reaching an agreement—and announced that there was still no agreement for distributing the $250 million designated by the legislature for frontline worker bonuses.

Press Release: Long-Term Care Imperative Applauds Health Care Decompression Strike Teams

On October 15, 2021 by Libbie Chapuran

SAINT PAUL, MN (Oct. 15, 2021) - Minnesota is experiencing a crisis in caregiving, and it is affecting the entire health care continuum. We applaud efforts to address health care backups through strike teams. Strike teams are very much needed to provide temporary relief and respite to exhausted caregivers. But it will not solve one of the root causes of the problem: staffing shortages in long-term care.

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