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Policy Change Made to Assisted Living Resident Privacy Rights

On June 30, 2022 by Bobbie Guidry

Lawmakers included a change to the Assisted Living Resident Bill of Rights in the Health and Human Services Policy Bill that passed in the final days of the 2022 legislative session, which requires potential documentation for affected residents.

Webinar to Help Access Frontline Worker Pay Scheduled for May 26

On May 19, 2022 by Heidi Simpson

On Friday, April 29, the legislature passed a bill to provide frontline workers a bonus check for their commitment to serving their community during the height of the pandemic. The measure will use $500 million of federal funds to provide "hero" payments to an estimated 667,000 frontline workers in specified sectors, including long-term care and home care settings like nursing homes and assisted living.

Long Overdue Frontline Worker Bonuses Signed into Law

On May 5, 2022 by Erin Huppert

On Friday, April 29, the legislature passed a bill to provide frontline workers a bonus check for their commitment to serving our community during the height of the pandemic. The measure will use $500 million of federal funds to provide "hero" payments to an estimated 667,000 frontline workers in specified sectors, including long-term care and home care settings like nursing homes and assisted living.

Minnesota Senate Passes Funding for Long-Term Caregiver Wages Increases

On April 28, 2022 by Erin Huppert

On Tuesday, April 26, the Minnesota Senate passed SF 4410, its Health and Human Services (HHS) Omnibus Bill on a strong bipartisan vote (60-5). The measure includes $358 million in investments for nursing homes and improves Minnesota's Elderly Waiver rate phase-in (from 18.8% to 27.2%).

MN Legislature Resumes Business; the House Releases its Budget Targets

On April 21, 2022 by Erin Huppert

The Minnesota Legislature returned from a weeklong break on Tuesday, April 19. There are now just five weeks remaining for legislators to complete their work, including passing bonding and tax bills and finding a compromise on spending our state's $9.2 billion surplus.

Missed Day at the Capitol? It’s Not Too Late to Become an Advocate

On April 7, 2022 by Matt Steele

LeadingAge Minnesota members virtually gathered for our largest advocacy event of the year, the Day at the Capitol. Aging services providers from across the state met with over 50 lawmakers, including several Senate and House legislative leaders, to make their voices heard and advance important policy initiatives for seniors and their caregivers.

Health and Human Services Budget Bills Released: Senate Bill Includes Key Workforce Funding Priorities

On April 7, 2022 by Jeff Bostic

This week the House and Senate have each introduced supplemental budget bills that fund health and human services areas. We were pleased to see that the Senate bill provides significant funding for the Long-Term Care Imperative workforce agenda. Unfortunately, the House bill does not, but the bill does include a few scattered positive elements.

LeadingAge Minnesota Members Advocate in Washington, DC.

On March 31, 2022 by Libbie Chapuran

This week, several members of LeadingAge Minnesota attended LeadingAge's annual Leadership Summit. In conjunction with the conference, LeadingAge facilitated meetings with our state delegation in Congress to discuss several policy priorities to ensure we have enough caregivers to provide safe, quality care for Minnesota's seniors.

Workforce Payment Bill Advances at the Legislature

On March 31, 2022 by Erin Huppert

On Tuesday, March 29, LeadingAge Minnesota testified in support of our bill to provide permanent wage increases to caregivers in the Senate’s Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee.

Spring Break Site Visits with Your Lawmaker

On March 24, 2022 by Matt Steele

Since August of 2021, 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

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.

New Political Maps Signal Change, Impact 2022 Politics

On February 17, 2022 by Libbie Chapuran

Minnesota’s new congressional and legislative district maps, which will govern for the next decade, were released yesterday.

The state's legislative and congressional districts are redrawn two years after every census to ensure each elected official represents an equal number of constituents. According to our state's constitution, the legislature is tasked with this duty.

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. 

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!

Gov. Walz Signs Bill Extending Protections for First Responders, Frontline Workers

On February 10, 2022 by Jonathan Lips

Governor Tim Walz has signed Chapter 32, HF 1203, into law, renewing and extending presumptive workers’ compensation eligibility for emergency first responders and front-line workers.

Current State of Play: Build Back Better Act

On December 23, 2021 by Libbie Chapuran

Senate Majority Leader Schumer has committed to a procedural vote on the Senate Build Back Better Act, which is still being drafted. On Dec. 20, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) acknowledged the deep discontent and frustration in a Dear Colleague letter by the decision to delay floor consideration of the Build Back Better Act because Senator Manchin could not agree with President Biden.

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