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Workforce recommendations moving ahead

Key recommendations from a report on Minnesota’s direct care worker crisis are moving ahead, with support from the Minnesota Olmstead Subcabinet. While much work remains to make the recommendations become reality, advocates are pleased to see progress. The subcabinet, which oversees work to make Minnesota and its government agencies more inclusive to people with disabilities, approved ...

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Dismay as key workforce report proposals fail to move ahead

Dismay as key workforce report proposals fail to move ahead A delay in acting on recommendations to address Minnesota’s direct care worker crisis has people with disabilities and their advocates wondering what more they can do to get action. Thousands struggle to find needed support staff. The report, Recommendations to Expand, Diversify, and Improve Minnesota’s Direct Care and Support Workforce Workplan, was reviewed by the Olmstead ...

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Looking for legislative agendas

With the Minnesota Legislature starting its 2019 session on January 8, it’s time for disability advocacy organizations and groups to bring forward ideas for state spending and policy changes. Access Press is interested in receiving legislative agendas for publication in our December and January issues. Deadline for December is Monday, November 26 and deadline for January ...

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Incontinence products issue back to court

Debate over a proposed state medical supply program continues in Ramsey County District Court. Opponents of the Preferred Incontinence Products Program (PIPP) are fighting a motion to dismiss their legal challenge to the program. The motion was to be heard October 11, just after Access Press went to press. The legal move dismays the members of ...

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Editor’s Desk – October 2018

We have a lot to talk about this month. People all over are working on getting the workforce shortage under control. It's becoming more and more evident that in almost every field, the low unemployment rate is creating a huge shortage of available workers, and pushing wages up. Last year, I wrote about seeing a ...

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October 2018 edition

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Loans can make life at home, working easier

Loans can make life at home, working easier By Equipalife Would assistive technology or specialized equipment help you enter or remain in the workplace? Would it help you live more comfortably in your home? Or do you need help going to school? Thanks to a state program, EquipALife is offering loans to help Minnesotans with disabilities meet such needs. But the clock is ticking ...

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Appeal is denied: oversight to continue

Court oversight of work on Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan will continue, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled July 26. A three-judge panel rejected an appeal by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), which sought to have the oversight by federal court officials ended. DHS had the option to appeal the decision but chose not to ...

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Sanctions for scam artists, fake service animals took effect August 1

The vetoes of major policy and spending bills meant gains were sparse at the capitol in 2018. However, some key bills were signed into law this spring. Two very different laws went into effect August 1, affecting people with disabilities and elders. Scam artists who target senior citizens and vulnerable adults will face more sanctions, as ...

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August 2018 edition

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People and Places – July 2018

People and Places – July 2018 Bottinger honored with award The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits has awarded Kate Bottiger its 2018 Transformational Leader Award. Bottiger has been the executive director at Reach for Resources since August 2014 and was secretly nominated by a group of Reach staff and board members. The council oversees a membership of more than 2,100 nonprofits and 230 businesses. ...

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July 2018 edition

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Supports, special education funds fall to governor’s veto pen

Supports, special education funds fall to governor’s veto pen Months of work disappeared with a few pen strokes as Gov. Mark Dayton May 23 vetoed the 2018 Minnesota Legislature’s major bills. Dayton nixed the tax and supplemental budget bills, sparking a war of words with the Republican-led House and Senate. The vetoes include money to rectify a looming seven percent cut in waiver services and ...

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Services face uncertainties after veto

Services face uncertainties after veto One of the biggest disappointments of the 2018 legislative session is the failure to address a seven percent cut to the funding many Minnesotans with disabilities rely on to live, work and participate in their communities. The first round of the cut takes effect July 1. With no special legislative session to address the cut ...

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June 2018 issue

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Health care survey reveals cost increase worries

Health care survey reveals cost increase worries How do Minnesotans feel about health care costs, especially against the backdrop of possible changes to Medicare and Medicaid? A survey of more than 1,000 state residents shows that while the vast majority have health insurance, respondents are worried about the rising costs of health care. Drug prices are a concern, as are looming changes ...

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Service cut, work rules in limbo as session end nears

The clock is ticking as the 2018 Minnesota Legislature nears its May 21 adjournment date. Many disability-related issues hung in the balance as Access Press went to press. People with disabilities and their advocacy groups are tracking a wide array of bills as the session draws to a close. Omnibus bills, including finance bills, were making ...

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Editor’s Column – May 2018

With spring’s new growth comes the end of the legislative session, and as usual very little has been done at the Minnesota capitol. In recent years, it is always a waiting game; each side is waiting to see who will fold first. Who’s going to cut taxes and who will get blamed for no tax ...

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Community groups rally to halt devastating cuts

Community groups rally to halt devastating cuts Self-advocates and disability-related organizations are rallying to fight a pending seven percent cut to disability services in Minnesota. The cut will start taking effect July 1, unless the Minnesota Legislature takes action. What worries many service providers is that the funds for some services have already been spent. The July 1 cut is expected to affect ...

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Disability issues still in play as session finish is eyed

As the 2018 Minnesota Legislature enters its final weeks, many disability advocates are increasingly frustrated. A lack of action on several fronts, especially where critical services hang in the balance, adds to urgency and uncertainty. More than 4,000 bills were introduced this session, and many are still up in the air. The second bill deadline was ...

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Work requirements proposal sparks widespread concerns

Work requirements proposal sparks widespread concerns A proposal to force people on Medicaid to verify that they work or volunteer at least 20 hours a week could cost Minnesota counties and the state tens of millions of dollars in extra staff time and systems to track compliance, creating a costly and complex bureaucratic nightmare. It would create significant barriers for Minnesotans ...

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Spotlight is on fetal alcohol syndrome support this session

Spotlight is on fetal alcohol syndrome support this session Awareness of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is growing, as are advocacy efforts in Minnesota. The Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) had a record turnout for the February 27 FASD Day at the Capitol. More than 130 people from across the state signed up for this year’s event, which organization leaders said is ...

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2018 session gets rolling February 20

A short session, a looming election and more than the usual political acrimony loom over the Minnesota’s Legislature’s 2018 session. The gavel falls Tuesday, February 20 and disability advocacy groups will be ready. Hanging over the state capitol this session is a political and legal dispute that could tip control of the Republican-led Senate. DFL Gov. ...

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February 2018 edition (in pdf format)

Here's our full February 2018 edition, available for downloading and/or reading online.  Please note you may need to create a log in to view this file. Enjoy!    

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The year in review: 2017 was a year of challenges for Minnesotans with disabilities

The year in review: 2017 was a year of challenges for Minnesotans with disabilities Another year is finished, and we look back at all of the things that happened, good and bad. Access Press wishes the best for its readers in 2018. JANUARY The 2017 Minnesota Legislature gaveled into session January 3, launching one of the most potentially complex and contentious sessions in recent years. Republican House and Senate leaders and ...

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