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Update on Legislature—Special session prospects & call to action



Toby Pearson
By Toby Pearson  |  June 10, 2022  |  All members




As the days continue to turn on the calendar, the prospects of a special session have not really improved. Without an external deadline or pressure, the will of the legislators to find an agreement and pass it during a special session is simply hard to find. Having participated in a number of post session fundraisers, here is what I can report:
  • None of the parties have ruled out the possibility of an agreement and special session, but they also do not feel a sense of urgency
  • The Senate remains solid on their position on LTC funding (which passed their body with a bipartisan 61-5 vote)
  • The House and Governor Walz have been unwilling to move to the Senate position on LTC funding, at times insisting there is a lack of need for the investment
  • There are a number of issues in education, public safety and HHS that remain to be negotiated, not just LTC

With this information in mind, the target for our calls remains Governor Tim Walz. He is the one who should move to support funding for long-term care, he could move the House leadership (if he chose to exercise his leadership), and he alone has the power to call a special session.   
 
Here’s how you take action: 
  • Call Gov. Walz at 651-201-3400—Tell the person who answers the phone that seniors and their caregivers are counting on action this session. Here are suggested talking points you can use: 
    • Hello, my name is ____, and I provide care in a long-term care setting
    • According to a recent survey, approximately 40 nursing homes and 400 assisted living settings are facing closure
    • Without permanent investments from the state, the average nursing home is projected to lose over $800k this year alone
    • I am grateful for the COVID response funding and frontline worker bonuses, but one-time money will do almost nothing to fill the 23,000 open positions across the state and help us stabilize this critical sector
    • We respectfully ask that seniors and their caregivers be your top priority for a special session—invest in the wages professional caregivers deserve and help ensure access to care for Minnesota’s growing population of seniors!
    • Please support the Senate’s Health & Human Services bill that funds permanent wage increases needed to recruit and retain professional caregivers 



Toby Pearson  |  Vice President of Advocacy  |   tpearson@careproviders.org  |  952-851-2480


 


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