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DWRS Bill Advances at the Legislature

On March 26, 2019 by Jeff Bostic

The House Long Term Care Committee advanced a Disability Waiver Rate System (DWRS) bill to its next committee stop this week that will be helpful in some ways to DWRS providers if it ultimately becomes law, but also impose new burdens. 

Governor’s Budget Cuts Care Center Funding, Assumes Fee-Drive Approach to Assisted Living Oversight

On February 20, 2019 by Jeff Bostic

Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan yesterday released the One Minnesota budget that proposes to spend $49 billion in the next two years on a wide range of priorities. The budget contained mixed news for older adult services. While it supports the interim work on older adult protection, the budget does not include increased Elderly Waiver funding, only partially funds the DWRS increase for adult day providers, assumes a fee-driven approach for assisted living providers and reduces Value-Based Reimbursement for care centers. 

Adult Day: DWRS Bill Puts Access to Services At Risk; Take Action Today

On February 19, 2019 by Jeff Bostic

The Minnesota House Health and Human Services Policy Committee last week heard bills to address issues around the Disability Waiver Rate System (DWRS). The action taken by the committee is not in keeping with the goals of DWRS providers and creates a clear need for advocacy by impacted providers, including our Adult Day Services members. 

Veto of Supplemental Budget Bill Means Cut for Disability Waiver Rates on July 1

On May 29, 2018 by Jeff Bostic

One significant impact of Governor Dayton’s veto of the supplemental budget bill is a cut to rates in the Disability Waiver Rate System (DWRS) effective July 1.  

DWRS, Vulnerable Adults Legislation Advance in House Omnibus HHS/Transportation Bill

On May 2, 2018 by Libbie Chapuran

The Minnesota House of Representatives on Tuesday passed the House Omnibus Health, Human Services, and Transportation Budget bill (HF 3138 – Dean). The bill, which passed on a 82 to 43 vote, contains a number of provisions important to senior service providers including the Vulnerable Adults Maltreatment Prevention and Protection Act (HF 3308 – Kiel, as amended in HHS) and funding for DWRS (HF 3191 – Schomacker). 

Adult Day: Three Different Positions on DWRS Funding

On April 25, 2018 by Jeff Bostic

The debate on how to deal with the impending seven percent cut in DWRS funding continues at the State Capitol, with three different positions from the House, Senate and Governor Dayton. 

Adult Day: DWRS Funding in House Budget Targets

On April 17, 2018 by Jodi Boyne

Adult day providers received some good news last week when Minnesota House Republicans released budget targets that included funding to prevent a cut in Disability Waiver rates. 

Adult Day: Action Needed on DWRS Rates

On April 4, 2018 by Jeff Bostic

Legislation to fix a cut in the Disability Waiver Rate System (DWRS) rates is advancing this session, but needs support from adult day providers to keep the momentum going when the Minnesota Legislature returns from its spring break next week.  

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