State’s Olmstead Plan Gets a Helpful Boost with Passage of Senate Bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The state of Minnesota took an important step forward this week after the Senate passed a bill to create an Olmstead Training Grants Program. This program will help persons with a disability gain access to services in the most integrated settings appropriate to their needs. It’s an important step forward in […] Read more

Under Sen. Hoffman Bill, Patients Gain Pharmacy Choice Freedom

ST. PAUL, Minn. – In an effort to give Minnesota consumers more choice, Sen. John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin, Brooklyn Park and Coon Rapids) is chief authoring a bill that would mandate health companies to allow people to select their own pharmacy or pharmacist without imposing any sort of penalty co-payment or fee. Sen. Hoffman says many […] Read more

Sen. Hoffman Fights for Equity-Based Aid for Anoka-Hennepin School District

ST. PAUL, Minn. – What began as a state-run pilot project a decade ago has grown into a system that Sen. John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin, Brooklyn Park and Coon Rapids) argues can help close the state’s achievement gap. Sen. Hoffman is chief author of a bill that invests $14 million per biennium into compensatory funding revenue, […] Read more

“Hope’s Bill” Updates and Modernizes Accessibility Laws

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A visit to a parking lot with outdated accessibility parking signs this winter sparked what’s become known as “Hope’s Bill.” Senate File 1136 updates current state laws to ‘people first’ language which means prohibiting the use of “handicap,” “disabled,” or “disability” on accessible parking signs. Sen. John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin, Brooklyn Park […] Read more

Senator Hoffman Presents Legislation to Bring Equity to Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

ST. PAUL, Minn. – In the complicated world of Medical Assistance (MA), there exists several provisions which put seniors and persons with disabilities at a significant disadvantage. Sen. John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin, Brooklyn Park and Coon Rapids) introduced two pieces of legislation this week that addresses the inequities in the current Medical Assistance “spenddown” system. Senate […] Read more

Sen. Hoffman Encourages Investment in Early Childhood Family Education Programming

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Sen. John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin, Brooklyn Park and Coon Rapids) joined Sen. Katie Sieben (DFL-Newport) on a tour to visit the Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) and Preschool program at Coon Rapids Family Place last week. The Senators were joined by Program Supervisor Jody Bordwell, Anoka-Hennepin Schools Superintendent David Law, Director of […] Read more