As you know, the legislature is back in session for 2011! This year has brought new faces to the capital, and with it, new direction.
With the first Democrat in the Governor’s chair in decades, and Republican control of the House and Senate (which also hasn’t happened in decades), 2011 will prove to be an interesting year. In addition, for those of you that had dealt with this before, Linda Berglin is no longer in control of her committee. Things are definitely changing.
Is it for the better? We don’t know. What we do know is that we have a large “freshman” class to educate to on our issues.
We need to stay involved.
Talk to our legislators.
Help us keep options for our Seniors available!
At the link below [LTCI Grassroots Tool Kit], you will find “Fact Cards” issued by Aging Services of MN. These are the ones that are applicable to Assisted Living, Home and Community Based Services, etc. I have not included the Nursing Home fact cards. If you are interested, you may obtain all of these (AL and NH) on their website at: http://www.agingservicesmn.org/index/LTCI_Grassroots_Tool_Kit.
You can also stay updated by reading Aging Services blog at www.agingexchange.wordpress.com. There has not yet been an update for 2011, but there will be! You can also stay informed by watching their Friday’s At the Capitol video conference each week for more updates.
Legislators have made it a priority these year to be back in their districts on Fridays. Create an opportunity available to them to meet with your residents, you staff, and yourself! Become the expert they will come to rely on during the session!