Budget Increases will Improve Care, Support Staff, and Strengthen Services Throughout Minnesota says Human Services Chair Senator John Hoffman

Long-term services and supports benefit from new funding passed in the 2023 session effective Jan. 1

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Lower income older Minnesotans will now have more resources available to them to age in place thanks to changes in state law that began on January 1, part of several changes to state law that will increase funding for essential long-term services and supports seniors depend on. 

In total, $400 million in new funding will permanently increase rates and wages for services, an essential first step to addressing the crisis facing senior care according to SenateHuman Services Chair Senator John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin).

“Minnesota’s senior care industry is facing an immense workforce crisis, threatening the stability and livelihoods of our seniors in every corner of the state, and we need to take action,” said Senator Hoffman. “That’s why our budget provides the first real boost in state funding for long-term services and supports in many years, which is essential to improving wages for care workers in this industry and hopefully drawing more people into these positions.”

Much of the new funding will increase compensation for care workers and provide additional resources for seniors in need of specialized equipment and supplies. More information including the complete list of rate changes and waiver increases is available here

Senator Hoffman was recently featured on Capitol Reportdiscussing additional work of the Human Services Committee in 2023, as well as plans for the 2024 Legislative Session. 

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