The Minnesota Legislature has passed a bill that includes important measures to help ensure all Minnesota seniors receive the care and services they need in a place they can call home.
Now, that bill is with Governor Dayton, awaiting his signature.
The measures are steps forward as our senior population rapidly grows: 60,000 Minnesotans are turning 65 this year, next year and every year through at least 2030. Helping seniors stay in their homes and communities with the right support is good for seniors, good for our communities and good for Minnesota. Here’s a look at what those measures do:
- Home and Community-Based Services Reform: The Legislature included in its bill a down payment on funding to reform payments for home and community-based services to help make these services accessible for seniors throughout Minnesota. When seniors stay at home with the right support, it costs half as much on average as living in a nursing home. So, this move will help the state serve more seniors who need assistance.
- Workforce: The Legislature included several important items to address the shortage of professional caregivers, including scholarships, loan forgiveness, and career development. We all want to know that we will have the professional caregivers we need when we need them. That’s why we need to support recruitment and increase retention in senior care careers now.
Governor Dayton has 14 days to decide whether to sign these measures into law. Contact the Governor’s office and remind him to remember seniors and support home and community-based services and senior care workforce development.