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People with brain injury, their loved ones and the professionals that serve them are all uniquely qualified to take effective political action to improve supports and services for people with brain injury and stroke and to help increase prevention. Our most important advocacy strategy is helping Citizen Advocates turn their story into an effective political message they can share with policymakers to create positive change.
Advocacy Action Center
The Advocacy Action Center is the information hub for our Citizen Advocates. Click here to check it out.
- Citizen Advocacy Academy trainings and events schedule
- Current issues & legislative updates
- Action Alerts for contacting your legislators
There are many ways to become a Citizen Advocate. Please join our advocacy efforts today!
2015 Legislative Results
- Medical Assistance (MA) Reform
MA Reform supports independence, promotes equity, stabilizes services, increases cost-effectiveness and incentivizes work.
- The Medical Assistance for Employed Persons with Disabilities (MA-EPD) premium increase will be repealed on September 1, 2015. The premium will return to the lower amount it was prior to the increase last October 2014. MA-EPD is a work incentive program that allows people with disabilities to earn more income and have more savings while still maintaining MA eligibility by paying a small premium.
- The Medical Assistance Excess Income Standard (Spend-down) will be increased from 75 percent of the Federal Poverty Guideline to 80 percent on July 1, 2016. This will allow those who qualify for MA through the Spend-Down to save $50 more each month on medical bills that they can put toward their other needs.
- Motorcycle Personal Injury Insurance
Legislation was introduced, (S.F. 2100, H.F. 2242), that requires motorcyclists to take personal responsibility for the costs and consequences of their personal decisions. Current law does not require medical injury insurance for motorcycles in Minnesota. This increases the risk of motorcyclists bankrupting themselves and their families and has left Minnesota taxpayers with a $60 million bill for hospital charges over the past ten years.
We anticipate building on these successes in 2016 by continuing to work toward improvements in the Medical Assistance Income, Asset and Spend-down Standards and pressing for action on the motorcycle insurance bill in commerce committees.
Watch here and our Advocacy Action Center for more issue updates and event schedule updates soon.