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Best Life Alliance

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LSS is a strong supporter of the Best Life Alliance,  a Minnesota coalition advocating for Home & Community-Based Services that support people with disabilities and employ Direct Support Professionals. Supporters include more than a hundred Minnesota service providers, caregivers/Direct Support Professionals, self-advocates, family members, and community partners.  We are part of a state-wide movement toward fully person-centered and community-integrated services for people with disabilities.  

As a Best Life Alliance supporting organization, LSS advocates for solutions to address the existing workforce challenges and ensure quality services for people with disabilities. Minnesota’s community-based direct care workers who assist people with disabilities have demanding, highly-skilled, professional jobs and earn an average of $12.32/hour. Their pay and provider rates are directly tied to state reimbursement rates set by lawmakers. Over the past decade, this funding has not kept up with rising costs. As a result, more than 8,700 unfilled HCBS caregiver and staff jobs exist in Minnesota today. This has created a workforce shortage and instability in our state’s Home & Community-Based Services (HCBS). 

Action Needed in 2018

In late February, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) received notification from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of a problem with Minnesota's rate setting policy for Minnesotans receiving home and community-based services (HCBS). If the problem is not fixed by the state legislature, the issue will result in a 7% cut to reimbursement rates for services received by several thousand Minnesotans with disabilities.

Visit the 'Stop The Cut' web page to take action and get involved

Learn more

  • View the main Best Life Alliance webpage to learn about upcoming events, recent media stories and resources including messaging and handouts.
  • Subscribe to the coalition news & events email list.
  • Join the conversation on social media where updates and additional ways to get involved are postedShare the coalition’s posts to spread the word:
     Twitter  |  Facebook | Pinterest  |  YouTube

Ways you can take action

  • Contact your legislators.  Let your legislators know why Home & Community- Based services matter to you and ask them to support the Best Life Alliance in 2018. Find out who represents you and how to contact them.
  • Write a Letter to the Editor of your local paper.