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  • Charlie and Al Franken

    Older Americans Act

    Make your voice heard.

    The Older Americans Act funds critical services that keep older adults healthy and independent. It is overdue for reauthorization by Congress.

    Volunteers, including LSS Senior Companion Charlie Herman (pictured), and staff from Lutheran Social Service met with Senator Al Franken for a roundtable discussion on the issues facing seniors and senior service providers. Issues included transportation, Meals on Wheels and Senior Companion services for independent living.

  • Older Adults Contribute to Community

    The Issue

    Community-based services for older adults are low-cost and high impact. Community-based services for older adults ensure that older adults have choice in services and opportunity to contribute to community.

    The Goal

    Ensure that older adults have choice in services and opportunity to contribute to community.    

    2016 Public Policy Priorities

    Workforce: Best Life Alliance

    LSS is a strong supporter of the Best Life Alliance, a nonpartisan coalition of more than 130 Minnesota service providers, caregivers, people with disabilities, older adults, family members, and community partners advocating for Home and Community-Based Services.  A 5% rate increase for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) in 2016 is needed to transition to models that support more people with disabilities and older adults to live independently and sustain the current workforce responsible for this transition. View the  Best Life Alliance Fact Sheet.

    Your support is critical to the success of the Best Life Alliance. Learn more about the Best Life Alliance and find out how you can take action. 

    Independence:  Medical Assistance Reform

    Increasing the spend-down to match the qualifying income limits for MA and increasing asset limits, will allow Minnesotans to earn $200 more per month to support their independence in community and to save up to $10,000 in assets. 

    To share your story about how the spend-down has impacted your life, or for more information about how you can get involved in the Medical Assistance Reform campaign to raise income and asset limits, visit the Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities.


    Be informed as an advocate and get important information about the future needs of older adults in Minnesota.