Day at the Capitol

Action Alert

On March 13, Homeward Bound joined about 1,000 advocates that support individuals with disabilities to rally in solidarity of the important work done each and every day that supports individuals in living their best life possible! Rally photos!

The week before the rally, ARRM, our trade association, was made aware that due to decisions at the federal level, rates may be cut by 7%. We need your help to help stop the cuts by contacting your Senator, your Representative, and Governor Dayton; making them aware of this decision and asking them to take action to support the Best Life Alliance’s solution.

Here’s how you can take action. Please copy and paste the below in an e-mail to your State Senator, State Representative, and Governor Dayton. If you don’t know who represents you, find out here.

The Problem

This past February, the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) informed the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) that CMS denied Minnesota’s legislatively approved investments in the Disability Waiver Rate System (DWRS), the system that determines service rates for Minnesotans with disabilities accessing community based disability services. CMS’s denial of these specific investments within this rate setting system will result in a cut of 7% to the rates for community based disability services across the state for Minnesotans with disabilities. The 7% that is being cut is money that advocates fought tirelessly for in 2013 and 2014 and has now fallen to the bottom line. A cut of 7% will prove devastating to affected individuals and that staff that serve them.

The Solution

The Best Life Alliance, a statewide coalition of more than 130 organizations, people with disabilities, families and supporters advocating for community based disability services, is advancing legislation to stop this 7% cut. The Best Life Alliance 2018 Legislation (SF2889/HF 3191) stops this 7% cut to individual service rates by targeting these investments specifically to workforce competitiveness and increased frequency and predictability of scheduled rate adjustments, all within the community based disability services rate setting system.

At the end of your e-mail, please ask them to:

  1. Tell your caucus leadership to stop the upcoming 7% cut to rates for individuals accessing community based disability services.
  2. Support the Best Life Alliance legislation, SF 2889 (Utke)/HF 3191 (Schomaker), which restores the 7% cut and strengthens the Disability Waiver Rate System.

THANK YOU for your support!

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