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Action Alert Support COVID-19 Relief Funding for Minnesota’s PCAs!

Action Alert Support COVID-19 Relief Funding for Minnesota’s PCAs!

Tell Your Legislator - Support COVID-19 Relief Funding for Personal Care Assistants!

 

Legislators are coming back to the Capitol next Tuesday, April 14th, and our champions in the legislature are working on an emergency PCA relief bill that would raise PCA rates by 14% to help us get through the COVID-19 crisis.

 

We need YOUR help TODAY to make sure every legislator understands the importance of this critical funding. Send the message below to your legislator, asking them to support an emergency rate increase for Personal Care Assistants who are offering vital supports that help people stay safe and healthy in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here’s what you can do to make an impact:

  1. Click here to find out who represents you: gis.leg.mn/iMaps/districts
  2. Copy and paste this message below into an email, adding a short personal story about how the PCA workforce shortage and COVID-19 crisis are impacting your life.
  3. Send the email to your legislator TODAY, with the subject line “Support COVID-19 Relief Funding for Personal Care Assistants”.

 

Message to send below:

 

“When you come back into session next Tuesday, we NEED you to urgently prioritize the challenges facing Personal Care Assistants (PCAs) and the 40,000 people with disabilities and older adults who access this service to stay safe and healthy in their homes.

PCAs do not have access to the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that would allow them to safely come and go from people’s homes. There are known cases of support workers and individuals with disabilities contracting COVID-19 due to the critical lack of PPE.

PCA wages were critically low before the pandemic, and are not sufficient to sustain the workforce now.

Without support from PCAs, many are facing the threat of placement in costly nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospitals, where they are at even greater risk of contracting COVID-19, which will put even more strain on our health care systems.

The legislature MUST take up and pass an emergency PCA rate increase during the floor session on Tuesday, April 14th to provide wage increases and overtime for these essential workers, and help providers pay for PPE that can help keep us all safe.”

Thank you for your advocacy in this challenging time. It is truly more important now than ever, and we won’t be able to secure this emergency funding for PCAs without YOU!

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Action Alert Support COVID-19 Relief Funding for Minnesota’s PCAs!

 

  • Grassroots advocates receiving the action alert are asked to send the message to THEIR legislator.
  • Members of PCA Reform Coalition, MNCCD Policy Committee, Arc Minnesota Public Policy Committee members are asked to do outreach to the following:

 

 

 

 

Minnesota House of Representatives                                Minnesota Senate

Representative Hortman                                                                                                            Senator Gazelka

Representative Daudt                                                                                                                Senator Kent

Representative Liebling                                                                                                             Senator Benson

Representative Schultz                                                                                                              Senator Abeler

Representative Albright                                                                                                              Senator Rosen

Representative Neu                                                                                                                   Senator Miller

Representative Kiel                                                                                                                    Senator Hayden

Representative Gruenhagen                                                  Senator Marty Senator Kline Senator Wiklund Senator Hoffman

 

Talking points for legislative targets (grasstops)

 

  • We need an emergency PCA rate increase now so people won’t die. People depend on PCAs coming to their homes to do essential daily supports, like eating, getting in and out of bed, toileting, etc. If staff aren’t available, many people can’t get by without someone coming in, it can become a dire situation.
  • Providing an emergency rate increase now will save a lot of money down the road (and not too far down the road). Because people absolutely need their PCA services, if staff aren’t available, lots of folks will end up need institutional care, like nursing homes, which are far more expensive. Making sure the PCA program works throughout this crisis saves money in the next biennium and for the rest of this one.
  • This is one of the jobs that truly is essential right now, but without money to pay overtime or provide PPE, agencies still won’t be able to find enough employees. It’s better to provide this small rate increase than to pay for unemployment for folks who don’t feel safe working without PPE.