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Special Session Update: Nursing Home Cuts Remain on the Table

On May 22, 2019 by Kari Thurlow

The 2019 legislative session came to an end on May 20 with most of this year’s budget bills unfinished, including the Health and Human Services Finance bill. A special session will be required to get these bills across the finish line. What does that mean for us? We just gained the gift of time in our fight to stop the devastating nursing home cuts proposed by Governor Tim Walz and the Minnesota House. But time is running out – the special session may take place on Thursday and Friday. 

Care Centers Cuts Still on the Table. Call Today!

On May 15, 2019 by Libbie Chapuran

Unfortunately, cuts to care centers are still on the table at the Capitol. But we still have time to act!  

Legislature Returns: House Votes on HHS Bill, AARP Holds Telephone Town Hall with Gov. Walz

On April 24, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

The Minnesota Legislature returned from its spring recess this week and wasted no time in getting down to business. Today in the Minnesota House, lawmakers will be voting on the House HHS Finance omnibus bill (HF2414). Tomorrow AARP will host a Telephone Town Hall with Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan on their key priorities for the remainder of the legislative session, which will include discussion on the protection of older adults in assisted living settings.  

April 24: MN House Scheduled to Vote on HHS Finance Bill - Join Us at the State Capitol

On April 16, 2019 by Libbie Chapuran

The House is scheduled to vote on the Health and Human Services Finance Bill (HF 2414) on Wednesday, April 24. This bill would have a serious and potentially devastating impact on senior care. It’s time to have one more conversation with your lawmaker – and the best time to do that is at the State Capitol on the day of the vote. 

Spread the Word: 2 New Ways to Support Our Legislative Agenda

On April 16, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

When lawmakers return to the State Capitol next week, they will be taking an important vote on issues that matter most to you, your staff and the people you serve. At a time when the State has a $1 billion surplus, our aging population is growing, and we face severe workforce shortages, the House Health and Human Services (HHS) Finance Bill cuts care center funding and fails to invest in housing and supportive services for seniors. We need your help in sharing the devasting impact this bill would have on the people you serve and the dedicated staff who provide them with care and support.  

Session Update: Now Is The Time To Be Heard

On April 16, 2019 by Kari Thurlow

The Legislature is on its annual spring break this week, so we thought this would be a good time to update you with where things stand. There are several key issues at stake, with differing approaches taken in the House and the Senate. Now is a critical time for all lawmakers to hear from providers, caregivers, trustees and seniors about the concerns we may have with various proosals. Here is a summary of the key issues:  

Nursing Home Cuts – Call Your Representative Today

On April 10, 2019 by Libbie Chapuran

House File 2414, the House’s Omnibus Health and Human Services Bill, contains several sections that would have a serious and potentially devastating impact on senior care. The bill cuts nursing home funding, over-regulates assisted living, expands swing beds and fails to invest in Elderly Waiver.  

The Wrong Direction: House Unveils HHS Budget Bill - Funding Cuts, Onerous Regulation

On April 3, 2019 by Kari Thurlow

The Minnesota House Health and Human Services (HHS) Finance Division yesterday unveiled its nearly 1,000-page budget bill, and it doesn’t contain a lot of good news for senior care providers. LeadingAge Minnesota and the Long-Term Care Imperative oppose this bill and are asking members to join us in turning up the volume on the devastating impact it could have on the growing number of seniors you serve and those who provide them with care. 

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