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Amplifying Our Advocacy: Budget Targets Set in Minnesota Legislature

On March 21, 2017 by Jodi Boyne

One of the key pieces in session budget negotiations is now in place – budget targets. The Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives released their budget targets, and we need to amplify our advocacy to secure needed investments in Elderly Waiver reform and our workforce strategies. 

Workforce Bills Await Senate HHS Budget Bill

On March 21, 2017 by Libbie Chapuran

The Senate Health and Human Services (HHS) Committee last week heard Senate File 819 and Senate File 655, two of the workforce bills in Long-Term Care Imperative's 2017 legislative agenda. 

Elderly Waiver Reform Moves through Senate Committee, Awaits Budget

On March 15, 2017 by Libbie Chapuran

The Elderly Waiver reform bill (SF668) this week received what was likely the last stand-alone hearing in the Minnesota Senate before potentially being rolled into a larger Health and Human Services budget bill. 

Priority Bills Make Deadline; Next Up: Spending Targets

On March 15, 2017 by Libbie Chapuran

As policy deadlines approach, committee chairs are shifting their focus to spending bills. The first deadline on March 10 required bills to have moved through all policy committees in at least one body. The second deadline, which requires bills to pass through all policy committees that met the first deadline in the other body, is this Friday. All of LeadingAge Minnesota’s priority bills have passed through first and second deadlines. 

Congressional Budget Office Releases Fiscal Analysis of AHCA

On March 15, 2017 by Jodi Boyne

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) would cut federal funding for Medicaid by $880 billion – a 25 percent reduction - by 2026, according to an analysis released this week by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO). 

Last Chance to Register for Day at the Capitol

On March 15, 2017 by Libbie Chapuran

The pressure is on at the State Capitol! We need you at Day at the Capitol on March 30 to strengthen our position as key finance committees make their final decisions on where investments are made this session. Register by Friday, March 17. 

Take Action: Tell Congress to Oppose Medicaid Per Capita Caps

On March 15, 2017 by Jodi Boyne

The fundamental restructuring of Medicaid under the American Health Care Act (AHCA) will force states to cut back on services and reduce reimbursement for providers. We need you to contact your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators TODAY and tell them to oppose per capita caps funding. 

Legislative Update: Take Action on EW Reform; Senate Aging Committee Focuses on OHFC

On March 8, 2017 by Libbie Chapuran

After recent media coverage of maltreatment of older adults, the Senate Aging and Long-Term Care Committee has committed the remainder of its work this session to finding broad solutions to prevent maltreatment of vulnerable adults in long-term care settings. 

Priority Bills Move Through Committees, Meet First Deadline

On March 1, 2017 by Libbie Chapuran

Our priority bills continue to move through the legislative process at the State Capitol. On Tuesday evening, two workforce bills, the Elderly Waiver reform bill, and the Value-Based Reimbursement update bill all made their second stop in the Minnesota House at the Health and Human Services Reform Committee. 

Projected State Budget Surplus Expands to $1.65 Billion

On February 28, 2017 by Jeff Bostic

The Minnesota Department of Management and Budget released its February budget forecast yesterday, and it shows that the state is projected to have a $1.65 billion surplus in the biennium that begins next July 1, up from the $1.4 billion projected in November.  

EW Reform and Career Promotion Bills Advance in Minnesota House

On February 21, 2017 by Libbie Chapuran

Four of our five priority bills were heard in Minnesota House committees last week, and each bill moved onto the next stage of the legislative process. 

Make Your Call Today: Tell Congress to Protect Medicaid

On February 21, 2017 by Jodi Boyne

Talk of changing Medicaid to a block grant or converting it to a per capita allocation to the states continues in Washington, DC. Either change would threaten the security of millions of people who rely on the program to cover life-saving services. LeadingAge is conducting a Medicaid Call-In to Congress, and we strongly encourage members to pick up their phones and tell our Congressional delegation to protect Medicaid. 

Capitol News Update: The Week in Review

On February 15, 2017 by Kari Thurlow

While the LeadingAge Minnesota Institute was in full swing last week, the Minnesota Legislature continued to plod through its work at the State Capitol. It may not feel like the Legislature is in full swing, but activity is starting to pick up. The following is a quick recap of some of the items we tracked last week:  

Legislative Deadlines Set; Provides Opportunities for In-District Lawmaker Meetings

On February 14, 2017 by Libbie Chapuran

Minnesotans have a clearer picture of how the rest of the 2017 legislative session will look after committee deadlines and the Easter/Passover break were announced. Now that the calendar has been set, it is the perfect time to invite your lawmaker to visit your site. 

Legislative Leaders Discuss Aging Issues at Institute

On February 14, 2017 by Libbie Chapuran

Legislative leaders on aging issues took the stage on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the LeadingAge Minnesota Opinion Leaders forum to address the ways in which our state plans to meet the needs of aging Minnesotans. 

Capitol Hill Visits Take Place March 21

On February 1, 2017 by Jodi Boyne

Members planning to attend the PEAK Leadership Summit, March 19 – 22 in Washington, DC should take note of a scheduling change. Visits with our state congressional delegation will take place on Tuesday, March 21.

Issue Brief: HCBS Priorities on the Federal Level

On January 24, 2017 by Jodi Boyne

A new issue brief on home and community-based services highlights our federal advocacy priorities for programs that help the growing population of older adults receive services they need to remain in their homes and connected to their community. 

Legislative Committees Off to Slow Start in 2017

On January 24, 2017 by Libbie Chapuran

A tax conformity bill and a health insurance relief and reform bill were two top priorities in the first days of the legislative session, pushing other matters including long-term care to the back burner. 

Governor Dayton Outlines Budget Priorities

On January 24, 2017 by Jodi Boyne

In his annual State of State address on Monday, Governor Mark Dayton outlined his priorities and called upon lawmakers to set aside partisanship to solve the problems facing Minnesota. On Tuesday, the Governor backed up his words with the release of the Opportunity Agenda that proposes to increase state spending by 10 percent. 

Elderly Waiver Reform Bill To Be Introduced

On January 17, 2017 by Jeff Bostic

After almost a year of work with members and other stakeholders to identify the best options for improving and enhancing the Elderly Waiver program, which provides vitally needed services to more than 30,000 Minnesotans every year, the Long-Term Care Imperative is about to introduce an Elderly Waiver reform bill as one of the centerpieces of our 2017 legislative agenda. 

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