Helping Minnesota’s Seniors

It’s time to say the two words our legislators rarely hear: “Thank you.”

When you see your lawmakers around your community, you may want to offer them your gratitude. A bipartisan group of 148 lawmakers came together in 2015 to pass reforms that help ensure that Minnesota seniors will get high quality care in a welcoming place close to their loved ones.

As those reforms take effect, payment rates set by the state will better meet the actual costs of care. This is important because not only does the state set the rate for those on medical assistance, but under state law that rate must be the same for those paying privately or through long term care insurance, too.

The reform measures support finding and keeping talented caregivers. In many communities across Minnesota, it has been difficult to recruit enough caregivers for this challenging—and rewarding—career.

The reforms also promote more care options for seniors in their communities, including home health care and other support services, which can keep seniors living more independently for longer.

These reforms are needed because 60,000 Minnesotans will turn 65 this year, with 60,000 more next year and every year through at least 2030. With a senior population that is doubling as baby boomers move into retirement, Minnesota is now taking necessary steps to prepare for the needs of our rapidly growing senior population.

When you see these lawmakers, thank them for caring for our seniors—and making all of our lives a little bit better:

Senators

  • Sen. Tom Bakk
  • Sen. Terri Bonoff
  • Sen. Jim Carlson
  • Sen. Bobby Joe Champion
  • Sen. Greg Clausen
  • Sen. Richard Cohen
  • Sen. Kevin Dahle
  • Sen. Gary Dahms
  • Sen. D. Scott Dibble
  • Sen. Kari Dziedzic
  • Sen. Chris Eaton
  • Sen. Kent Eken
  • Sen. Michelle Fischbach
  • Sen. Melisa Franzen
  • Sen. Barb Goodwin
  • Sen. Foung Hawj
  • Sen. Jeff Hayden
  • Sen. John Hoffman
  • Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen
  • Sen. Vicki Jensen
  • Sen. Alice Johnson
  • Sen. Susan Kent
  • Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer
  • Sen. Lyle Koenen
  • Sen. Ron Latz
  • Sen. Tony Lourey
  • Sen. Jeremy Miller
  • Sen. Carla Nelson
  • Sen. Sandra Pappas
  • Sen. John Pederson
  • Sen. Roger Reinert
  • Sen. Ann Rest
  • Sen. Julie Rosen
  • Sen. Carrie Ruud
  • Sen. Tom Saxhaug
  • Sen. Bev Scalze
  • Sen. Matt Schmit
  • Sen. David Senjem
  • Sen. Kathy Sheran
  • Sen. Katie Sieben
  • Sen. Rod Skoe
  • Sen. Dan Sparks
  • Sen. LeRoy Stumpf
  • Sen. David Tomassoni
  • Sen. Patricia Torres Ray
  • Sen. Bill Weber
  • Sen. Torrey Westrom
  • Sen. Charles Wiger
  • Sen. Melissa Wiklund

Representatives

  • Rep. Tony Albright
  • Rep. Mark Anderson
  • Rep. Paul Anderson
  • Rep. Sarah Anderson
  • Rep. Tom Anzelc
  • Rep. Jon Applebaum
  • Rep. Jeff Backer
  • Rep. Dave Baker
  • Rep. Bob Barrett
  • Rep. Peggy Bennett
  • Rep. David Bly
  • Rep. Lyndon, Sr. Carlson
  • Rep. Drew Christensen
  • Rep. Tony Cornish
  • Rep. Brain Daniels
  • Rep. Kurt Daudt
  • Rep. Greg Davids
  • Rep. Matt Dean
  • Rep. Raymond Dehn
  • Rep. Bob Dettmer
  • Rep. Steve Drazkowski
  • Rep. Ron Erhardt
  • Rep. Sondra Erickson
  • Rep. Dan Fabian
  • Rep. Kelly Fenton
  • Rep. Peter Fischer
  • Rep. Mary Franson
  • Rep. Mike Freiberg
  • Rep. Pat Garofalo
  • Rep. Steve Green
  • Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen
  • Rep. Bob Gunther
  • Rep. Tom Hackbarth
  • Rep. Laurie Halverson
  • Rep. Rod Hamilton
  • Rep. Dave Hancock
  • Rep. Josh Heintzeman
  • Rep. Jerry Hertaus
  • Rep. Joe Hoppe
  • Rep. Melissa Hortman
  • Rep. Jeff Howe
  • Rep. Jason Isaacson
  • Rep. Brian Johnson
  • Rep. Clark Johnson
  • Rep. Tim Kelly
  • Rep. Debra Kiel
  • Rep. Jon Koznick
  • Rep. Ron Kresha
  • Rep. Ben Lien
  • Rep. Kathy Lohmer
  • Rep. Jenifer Loon
  • Rep. Bob Loonan
  • Rep. Eric Lucero
  • Rep. Dale Lueck
  • Rep. Tara Mack
  • Rep. Tim Mahoney
  • Rep. Sandra Masin
  • Rep. Joe McDonald
  • Rep. Denny McNamara
  • Rep. Carly Melin
  • Rep. Jason Metsa
  • Rep. Tim Miller
  • Rep. Erin Murphy
  • Rep. Jim Nash
  • Rep. Michael Nelson
  • Rep. Jim Newberger
  • Rep. Jerry Newton
  • Rep. Bud Nornes
  • Rep. Kim Norton
  • Rep. Tim O’Driscoll
  • Rep. Marion O’Neill
  • Rep. Gene Pelowski
  • Rep. Joyce Peppin
  • Rep. John Petersburg
  • Rep. Roz Peterson
  • Rep. Nels Pierson
  • Rep. Jeanne Poppe
  • Rep. Cindy Pugh
  • Rep. Duane Quam
  • Rep. Jason Rarick
  • Rep. Paul Rosenthal
  • Rep. Linda Runbeck
  • Rep. Tim Sanders
  • Rep. Joe Schomacker
  • Rep. Peggy Scott
  • Rep. Yvonne Selcer
  • Rep. Dennis Smith
  • Rep. Chris Swedzinski
  • Rep. Tama Theis
  • Rep. Paul Torkelson
  • Rep. Mark Uglem
  • Rep. Dean Urdahl
  • Rep. Bob Vogel
  • Rep. Abigail Whelan
  • Rep. Anna Wills
  • Rep. Ryan Winkler
  • Rep. Barb Yarusso
  • Rep. Cheryl Youakim
  • Rep. Nick Zerwas

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