Monday, December 23, 2019

Appeals Court Rules ACA’s Individual Mandate Unconstitutional

Last week, the fifth Circuit Court of Appeals said the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that requires individuals to purchase health insurance is unconstitutional, but declined to rule on the status of the rest of the law. The Appeals Court sent back to the court that had previously heard the case the question of whether the rest of the law can remain without the mandate. Lutheran Services in America urges Congress and the Administration to preserve in federal law the critical pre-existing condition provisions and Medicaid expansion.

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Friday, December 20, 2019

Federal Funding for Fiscal Year 2020 Finalized

On Dec. 19, the Senate passed the two bills which will fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2020 (through September 30, 2020.) The President is expected to sign both bills into law before the expiration of current funding authority at midnight on December 20. While H.R. 1158 focuses primarily on defense and security priorities, H.R. 1865 addresses domestic spending. Highlights of that bill include tax code changes that benefit nonprofits, health and human services programs and funding, and much more.

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Newly Formed Midwest Results Network Drives National Network Closer to 2024 “Moonshot Goal”

To expand and strengthen our collective efforts, Lutheran Services in America is seizing an opportunity to improve outcomes in our nation’s heartland with the formation of the Midwest Results Network. The Midwest Results Network is working toward the “Moonshot Goal” established by our organization to dramatically improve the trajectory of the lives of 20,000 vulnerable children in America by 2024.

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Congress Introduces Bipartisan Proposal to Permanently Fund “Money Follows the Person”

On Dec. 6, Sens. Chuck Grassley and Ron Wyden announced a bipartisan agreement that would include a permanent funding reauthorization for the Money Follows the Person Medicaid Demonstration Program. Introduction of a bipartisan proposal to permanently fund MFP is a milestone achievement that is the result of persistent, ongoing federal advocacy by groups like our national network.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Connect-Home Collaborative Launches Phase 2

Lutheran Services in America launched Phase 2 of the Connect-Home Collaborative this month at a meeting in Washington, D.C. At the training meeting, Collaborative members learned that interventions like Connect-Home not only need to be effective, but they also must reach the intended populations, be adopted by providers, be implemented with fidelity, and be maintained over time. Members will use this model in their three quality improvement cycles as a means to measure progress over time.

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Results Innovation Lab Boosts Outcomes for 3,000 Youth over One Year

Lutheran Services in America led a diverse group of Lutheran social ministry leaders in a yearlong active learning cohort to implement innovative approaches to improve equitable outcomes for 3,000 children and youth in or at risk of entry into the foster care system. You may be wondering what we mean when we say “equitable outcomes” and why that is such a critical focus. It means that children and youth with the same potential have the same level of successful outcomes as their peers, regardless of the color of their skin, gender, or ZIP code.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Advocacy Opportunity Builds Relationships

Representatives of the Lutheran Services in America – Disability Network flew to Washington last week armed with stories and shared best practices, outcomes, and challenges that allowed them to advocate for the people we serve, the people we employ, and for our industry. Advocacy an important part of our jobs, writes Lisa Morgan, but just as important are the relationships we build with each other while speaking up for those we serve.

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Giving Caregivers the Tools to Serve Others While Staying Healthy Themselves

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota continues to innovate and grow its services — in order to keep up with the needs and demographics of the people it supports and serves. Expanding our work through technology was, in part, made possible through Lutheran Services in America’s Great Plains Senior Services Collaborative, which has been generously supported by a national foundation with a keen understanding and interest in addressing the health and wellness needs of our rural seniors and communities with limited resources.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Great Plains Senior Services Collaborative Assembles for Inaugural Training Conference

The Great Plains Senior Services Collaborative held a first-ever training conference for leadership and program staff in Montana. Led by Lutheran Services in America, the Collaborative supports underserved rural communities, connecting vulnerable older adults to services and supports they need to enhance their quality of life and maintain their independence.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Administration’s Medicaid Proposal Raises Hurdles to Accessible, Affordable Health Care

Lutheran Services in America rejects any legislative proposal to cut, cap, or block grant Medicaid. Such changes would reduce access, stymie innovation, and decrease Medicaid enrollment. CMS must rescind its guidance suggesting states apply for such “1115 waivers.”

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