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On July 15, 2020 by Jodi Boyne
The Blue Ribbon Commission created by the Minnesota Legislature in 2019 to identify recommendations that would save $100 million in state health and human services expenditures over the coming biennium is soliciting public and stakeholder input on its draft final report.
On July 10, 2019 by Jeff Bostic
Despite a continued trend of improved financial performance in care centers that started in 2016, new data from the Nursing Facility Financial Indicators survey makes clear that providers continue to face significant financial challenges.
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.
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.
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.
On March 27, 2019 by Kari Thurlow
It has been another busy week at the State Capitol as the House and Senate push to meet its second policy deadline on Friday. Committees are working day and night to squeeze bills into hearing agendas to keep certain pieces of legislation alive. Governor Walz released his supplemental budget recommendations and is prepping for his first State of the State address on April 3. And we are deep in the trenches advocating and testifying – in favor and in opposition – on bills that have a direct impact on our field and the people we serve.
On March 19, 2019 by Jeff Bostic
Care center occupancy is at an all-time low and the workforce situation is only getting more challenging, according to a new analysis we recently completed based on the 2018 occupancy survey and 2019 Long-Term Care Imperative legislative survey.
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.