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Take Action: Tell Lawmakers to Support Seniors

On January 17, 2017 by Libbie Chapuran

January 3 marked the beginning of the 2017 legislative session, and lawmakers are already working on the important task of setting the state's budget priorities. We want legislators to hear from you before they make decisions that could affect your ability to deliver quality services to seniors. 

Now Available: Session Preview & Advocacy in Action Webinar

On January 11, 2017 by Jodi Boyne

Our Advocacy team is back in action at the State Capitol, attending hearings, meeting with lawmakers and working with our legislative champions on issues that matter most to you. Two new resources, our 2017 Session Preview and Advocacy in Action webinar, are posted to our web site.

2017 Legislative Committee Structure Reflects Importance of Senior Care Issues

On January 4, 2017 by Libbie Chapuran

A new committee structure in both legislative bodies will reflect a priority for aging and long-term care issues for the 2017 legislative session. 

Don’t Forget: Jan. 5 Webinar Previews 2017 Legislative Agenda

On January 4, 2017 by Heidi Simpson

The 2017 legislative session is underway. Join us tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 5, for our Advocacy in Action: 2017 Legislative Agenda webinar. We’ll provide an overview of our session priorities, give you the inside scoop on the political dynamics at the State Capitol and share ways you can engage your lawmakers in advancing our agenda. The webinar is FREE, but pre-registration is required. Register Now!

2017 Legislative Session Begins!

On January 4, 2017 by Kari Thurlow

The 2017 legislative session is underway, and LeadingAge Minnesota is at the State Capitol advocating for an agenda that prioritizes seniors and professional caregivers. This session, we’re focusing on Elderly Waiver payment reform, addressing the caregiving workforce shortage and continuing care center payment reform. And we need your help to accomplish these goals!

Tell Congress to Save Medicaid

On December 21, 2016 by Jodi Boyne

Congress likely will vote on a partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) early in the new year, and this legislation could include a repeal of the ACA’s expansion of Medicaid. We are urging Congress to keep the expansion in place. 

Jan. 5 Webinar Previews 2017 Legislative Agenda

On December 21, 2016 by Heidi Simpson

It’s time to get ready for the 2017 Minnesota state legislative session that convenes on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Welcome Libbie Chapuran

On December 13, 2016 by Kari Thurlow

LeadingAge Minnesota is pleased to welcome Libbie Chapuran to our public affairs team. She is responsible for grassroots advocacy efforts at the Capitol and the political action committee. 

Advocacy in Action: 2017 Legislative Agenda

On December 13, 2016 by Heidi Simpson

Get ready for the 2017 state legislative session that convenes on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Attend the Advocacy in Action: 2017 Legislative Agenda webinar on Thursday, Jan. 5 to become familiar with the session priorities for LeadingAge Minnesota members and how to engage lawmakers in advancing our agenda this session agenda. NOTE: As a member (only) benefit, there is no charge for this webinar; however, pre-registration is required

House and Senate Announce Committee Structure and Chairs

On November 23, 2016 by Kari Thurlow

The Minnesota House and Senate Republican majorities announced their committee structure and chairs yesterday and, for the first time in legislative history, there will be dedicated committees to aging and long-term care in both the House and the Senate.

Senator Dahms Meets with Employees at Garnette Gardens in Redwood Falls

On August 9, 2016 by Danielle Salisbury

At a monthly employee meeting last month at Garnette Gardens, a Vista Prairie Assisted Living Community in Redwood Falls, conversation focused on the challenges of keeping and hiring staff due to uncompetitive wages. In an effort to proactively address this issue, staff asked their leadership team to host Senator Gary Dahms so he could hear firsthand from senior care workers about these challenges.

Advocate Today: Share Your Story Regarding HCBS Settings Rule

On July 27, 2016 by Danielle Salisbury

In January 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Settings Rule listing criteria that must be met by HCBS settings in which Medicaid/Medical Assistance (MA) waiver services are provided. We need your help in sharing how your HCBS setting enables people to remain in their communities.

Support Our Legislative Champions: Donate to the LeadingAge MN PAC

On July 13, 2016 by Danielle Salisbury

Protecting our legislative accomplishments and tackling the work that lies ahead cannot be accomplished without legislators who understand and support our issues. Donate to the LeadingAge Minnesota Political Action Committee (PAC) to help ensure seniors and their caregivers are a priority at the State Capitol.

2016 Election Guide Available

On July 6, 2016 by Danielle Salisbury

As you are all aware by the various billboard signs, television ads and possible telephone calls – we are now in full swing of election season! In addition to the Presidential election, all of Minnesota’s 201 legislators are up for election come November.

Advocacy Underway for Spousal Impoverishment Protections for HCBS

On May 17, 2016 by Bobbie Guidry

Senator Al Franken, Senator Amy Klobuchar and Governor Mark Dayton met with U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell on Monday to request Minnesota be allowed to continue its current policy related to spousal impoverishment protections for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers for those 65 and under (CADI, DD, BI and CAC).  

Legislature Acts on HHS Finance Bills

On May 3, 2016 by Danielle Salisbury

We now enter the conference committee negotiation phase of the legislative session after both the Minnesota House and Minnesota Senate passed their respective Omnibus Finance Bills containing provisions related to health and human services last week.

Advocacy Alert: Tell Lawmakers to Support 5% Increase for HCBS

On April 27, 2016 by Danielle Salisbury

We are now headed into the final weeks of the legislative session, and we need your help to put pressure on lawmakers to support a five percent rate increase for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS).

HHS Finance Bills Advance

On April 20, 2016 by Danielle Salisbury

Over the past week, both bodies of the Minnesota Legislature released and took action on their respective Health and Human Services (HHS) Finance bills. Here is an update on the bills, including key provisions that impact LeadingAge Minnesota members:

President Obama Signs Older Americans Act

On April 20, 2016 by Jodi Boyne

President Obama signed the Older Americans Act (OAA) into law yesterday. Our advocacy efforts on the federal level will now shift to ensure that the strong bipartisan support for the re-authorization of the OAA in Congress also extends to the funding of long overdue investments in these programs.

On Your Phone, Tablet or PC – Watch Capitol News Update

On April 13, 2016 by Jodi Boyne

Have you seen Capitol News Update this session? Our new format – a weekly taped video – is available on our YouTube channel. You can watch it at your convenience on your phone, tablet or PC. Our Advocacy Team provides a weekly update on all the happenings at the State Capitol and previews what’s in store for the week ahead. Stay informed. Watch Capitol News Update each week

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