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Senior Services News
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The Lutheran Services in America “Strength & Service Series”


A Conversation About the Future of Our Not-for-Profit Senior Living & Care Sector
Date: Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Time: 1:00-2:00 EDT
Hosts: Dan Hermann, President and CEO of Ziegler, Lisa McCracken, Director of Senior Living Research of Ziegler 

Ziegler, a long-time sponsor of Lutheran Services in America, will outline the key considerations for not-for-profit senior living providers to help balance the demands of the pandemic while staying focused on the big-picture/strategic direction of an organization. In addition, member CEO’s, David Trost of St. John’s United and Larry Bradshaw of National Lutheran Communities & Services, will be present to respond to key discussion points as well as detail how their organizations are positioning for future, long-term viability in spite of COVID-19.

This session is designed for CEOs, CFOs, COOs and Board Members. Register here.



CMS & HHS Updates


Registration for CEO Summit Series: 2020–2021 Now Open

CEO Summit is going virtual this year, and while we will miss seeing you in person, our new format offers the opportunity for additional CEOs to participate nationwide, and for us to engage an even broader, strong lineup of thought leaders. With your direct feedback, we’ve developed a series of four virtual leadership seminars designed to strengthen, inspire and enrich leaders across our network with a focus on emerging stronger.

Renowned corporate strategist and advisor to Fortune 500 executives David Morey returns this year to kick off the series on September 24 to discuss how CEOs can lead effectively through crises. Then on November 10, Dr. Garth Graham, vice president and chief community health officer at CVS Health, will guide us through some of the most innovative partnerships in the health and human services sector. In 2021, Carolyn Cawley, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, will examine the broader trends of the workforce and its recovery. Carolyn will be followed shortly thereafter by Advocate Aurora Health president and CEO Jim Skogsbergh and others to share their visions for 2022 and beyond.

Join us in crafting the answers to the biggest questions now facing our entire network. Register for this timely series today!

Advocacy Update

COVID-19 Relief Legislation Unlikely Until After Labor DayWith the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate in adjournment until after Labor Day and the Democrat and Republican parties focusing this month on their national conventions, negotiations on a new COVID-19 relief package are unlikely to resume until well into September.  Leadership from both parties have said that they would reconvene Congress before Labor Day if some agreement could be reached on major issues, particularly regarding continued enhanced unemployment benefits, but no agreement is in sight.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi remain fundamentally at odds with the size of the package.  The House voted for a $3 trillion relief bill in May, while Senate leadership has recently been floating proposals for $500 billion in legislative relief.  We continue to urge that the legislation address needs most important to health and human services nonprofits or our country’s most vulnerable people as outlined in our key priorities, including forgivable loans for nonprofits of all sizes and additional targeted financial resources for nonprofit front line health and human services providers.  We ask that you continue to make our voices heard as negotiations continue. 

Please join us in sending a message to your Senators by clicking here to use our advocacy tool.

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