From: Tom Lindh
On behalf of Good Shepherd Lutheran Services, Rushford
Minnesota’s senior citizens deserve to receive the care they need to preserve their quality of life for as long as possible. There are currently two proposals before the Minnesota Legislature that would provide much overdue and needed funding increases for nursing homes and home- and community-based services, which help seniors remain in their own homes and communities as they age.
For far too long the state budget has been balanced on the backs of caregivers. Years of budget cuts and freezes have led to a wide gap in the level of funding that is need to support the growing need for long-term care. With a $1.2 billion surplus this year and a strong economic outlook on the horizon, it is time for Governor Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Legislature to make seniors and their caregivers a priority. We urge our local lawmakers to support a five percent increase for nursing homes and a five percent increase for home- and community-based services this session.
Please contact your local legislators to show your support for Minnesota’s seniors and their caregivers.