Congratulations on your recent election to the Minnesota State House! I am reaching out today as an individual who cares deeply about community-based disability services to ask you to champion a critical issue this session.
A 7% cut to the rates individuals with disabilities use to access community services started rolling out this past July
. With community-based disability services already facing a crisis-level workforce shortage, these rate reductions are further destabilizing an already incredibly fragile system.
Addressing this issue of rate cuts to community-based disability services has had broad-based bipartisan support in recent legislative sessions. We are now at the point where a solution simply cannot wait.
We are calling on the legislature to address this issue very shortly after session begins. Additionally, I am asking you to consider being a co-author on our legislation to help address the community-based disability services workforce shortage by stopping the 7% cut.
I have attached a one-page document with more information on this legislation (referred to as the Best Life Alliance legislation).
Congratulations again on your election, and I look forward to hearing back from you with any questions you have and whether you are interested in signing onto the bill.