TELL LAWMAKERS TO BETTER PROTECT SENIORS DURING COVID-19

The Minnesota legislature passed emergency funding for hospitals, nursing homes, and other health facilities to address the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Unfortunately, critical legislation (SF4200) that would have offered some regualtory flexibility for senior, disability, and mental health providers, including Personal Care Assistance and Home and Community Based Services, to best support Minnesotans during these chaotic and uncertain times was not included. Older adults are particularly at risk to adverse consequences from COVID-19 and it is important for these providers to have flexibility to ensure safe staffing, the use of telehealth capabilities for assessments, and allowing family members to care for their loved ones who now may not be eligible under current programs.

Your help is needed to get this bill passed. Contact your legislators NOW, asking them to come back to the Capitol this week to pass SF4200 to make sure seniors have access to critical services and stay healthy in their homes. 

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Dear [Decision Maker],

Thank you for your hard work to protect your communities from the effects of the COVID-19 on Minnesotans including funding and measures put in place thus far.

However, the depth of this crisis greatly impacts seniors, individuals with disabilities, people experiencing mental illness, their families, and support professionals. Older adults are particularly at risk to adverse consequences from COVID-19 and it is important for these providers to have flexibility to ensure safe staffing, the use of telehealth capabilities for assessments, and allowing family members to care for their loved ones who now may not be eligible under current programs.

This also comes at a time when Minnesota's current network of senior, disability, and mental health supports are stressed due to the widespread workforce shortage. Providers need flexibility to support individuals in new and different ways immediately to preserve access to services and avoid unnecessary hospitalization, when our hospitals are already so strapped.

That's why I URGE you to reconvene at the Capitol immediately to pass Senate File 4200, which creates more flexibility in our service systems so seniors, individuals with disabilities, and people experiencing mental illness can stay healthy at home.



Senate File 4200 allows the Commissioner of Human Services to temporarily waive or modify regulatory, administrative, and program requirements to preserve access to crucial services during this peacetime emergency. It also outlines checks and balances needed for strong legislative oversight, as well as some important consumer protections.

Please return to the Capitol NOW to pass Senate File 4200. Your action is more important now than ever as this crisis deepens with each passing day, and is vital for the health and stability of Minnesotans.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]