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Public Policy Update 10/7/17

Public Policy - State of MN and United States
Olmstead Plan

Find your legislator or see below

Health Care Bills are not currently being debated.
Keep in mind that we still need to be vigilant to protect the lifelines that the ACA provides!

Concerns on Block Grants or Per Capita Caps & Minnesota’s Medicaid Program from the Department of Human Services.

Sharing your story. Template for Telling Your Story to Legislators.

Arc MN Public Policy Priorities 2017 updates:

  • Expand Self-Direction Through Consumer Directed Consumer Supports - Information Sheet - update - Bill passed to expand the exceptions process and creating a pathway for individuals residing in institutions to access CDCS more quickly
  • Increase Employment Supports for People With Disabilities - Information Sheet - update - Bill passed for new services to provide additional support to those looking for competitive employment were approved, pending approval by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
  • Lower Parental Fees Information Sheet -update - bill passed - Parental fees reduced 13%, effective July 1, 2017.
  • update - Bill passed for Minnesota Supplemental Aid Housing Assistance expansion, so more people with disabilities can find housing that increases their independence
  • update - Bill passed to raise 1%Medical Assistance spenddown, which will allow people to keep approximately $10 more of their own income each month.
  • Best Life Alliance logoThe Best Life Alliance campaign to raise rates for home and community based service provider and direct support professionals was not included in the 2017 HHS bill.

President Obama signed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, making it easier for Americans with disabilities to save for their long-term care. The legislation, which has been described as, “the broadest legislation to help people with disabilities in nearly a quarter-century,” would allow families with children who have disabilities to open up 529-style tax-free savings accounts for them to build wealth and financial independence. More particulars to come, after each state defines their parameters. Minnesota has an ABLE plan, as of January 31st, 2017. Arc US details on ABLE Plans. National Able Resource Center. Condensed version of ABLE webinar on Qualified Expenses.

The ABLE National Resource Center announced that the total annual contribution limit to an ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) account will rise from $14,000 per tax year to $15,000 per tax year, beginning in 2018

Regulations governing the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. This is aimed at increasing opportunities, particularly for those facing barriers to employment, and invests in the important connection between education and career preparation.The registrations outline limitations on use of Sub minimum Wage. Power point presentation to educate the public about WIOA.

An Olmstead Planis a “public entity’s plan for implementing its obligation to provide individuals with disabilities opportunities to live, work, and be served in integrated settings.” Minnesota's Olmstead Plan was approved September 29, 2015, by U.S. District Court Judge Donovan Frank.

The Safe and Supportive Schools Act to help prevent bullying in our schools passed April 9th, 2014.

Reform 2020. There is potential to reform the long-term services and supports system for persons with disabilities to be more self-directed and responsive to individual needs. Includes the waiting list, self direction, quality assurance, emerging populations (individuals with autism and ethnic minorities), and PCA services.The Arc Minnesota’s Vision for Services and Supports

Updated Department of Human Services (DHS) fact sheets that highlight programs serving persons with disabilities.

Minnesota Elected Officials

Mark Dayton


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contact info

District 2:
Paul Utke

(2B) Representative
Steve Green

District 4:
Kent Eken

(4B) Representative
Paul Marquart

(4A) Representative
Ben Lien

District 8:
Bill Ingebrigtsen

(8A) Representative
Bud Nornes

(8B) Representative
Mary Franson

District 12:
Torrey Westrom

(12A) Representative
Jeff Backer

(12B) Representative
Paul Anderson

Federal Delegation:

Senator Amy Klobuchar Senator Tina Smith Representative Collin Peterson

Talking with federal legislators is only as effective as one’s message. We want to be sure that you have all of the information and resources handy to help support your personal story of how cuts would hurt you, your family, and your community. To help you make your case, we encourage you to check out the fact sheets on these issues.

News stories from June 18th, 2011 Press Conference
Prepared statements
from family members of individuals regarding services that benefit people with disabilities

Provisions in the Health Care Reform Bill
that are most important for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (2010)

Decisions at the State Capitol Affect ALL Minnesotans -
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State Supreme Court Ruling a Victory for Students With Disabilities
School districts must provide accommodations that children with disabilities need to take part in after-school and extracurricular activities, even if the activities aren't academically focused, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled.  In the case in question, the parents of a fifth grader with autism and Tourette's Syndrome asked the district to provide services to allow their daughter to take part in volleyball and other after-school activities.  The court said federal regulations "do not limit extracurricular and nonacademic activities included in an Individual Education Program (IEP) to extracurricular and nonacademic activities required to educate a disabled student." (Source:

Arc West Central Press Conference April 3rd, 2010
Advocates upset about cuts to services
(article in The Forum newspaper)
Moorhead Mom shares her disappointment about losing PCA services

Self Advocate and state legislators
Self Advocate N. Atherton with Senator Keith Lanseth and Representative Paul Marquart at 2010 Press Conference

The Arc of the United States -
Fact Sheets

Arc West Central
810 4th Ave. S, #134
Moorhead, MN 56560
Fax 218-233-0853

Updated 12/28/17


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