In this issue:
Public Policy Update
The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance and Minnesota Stroke Association set top two policy priorities for the 2015 legislative session.
1. Medical Assistance Reform
Medical Assistance (MA) provides individuals with disabilities access to services that support independent living. Current MA policy forces too many individuals to choose poverty in order to remain independent. Reforming MA will support independence, promote fairness, stabilize services and increase cost effectiveness. MA reform is long overdue.
• MA eligibility standards - Raise the income, asset and spend-down standards for MA eligibility so adults with disabilities are not forced deep into poverty to get the MA support services they need to live independently in the community.
• Medical Assistance for Employed Persons with Disabilities (MA-EPD) - Repeal the premium and fee increases for MA-EPD so adults with disabilities have stronger incentives to work and still maintain MA eligibility.
2. Motorcycle Personal Injury Insurance
Require all motorcycles in Minnesota to carry personal injury insurance to protect individuals, families and taxpayers from the costs and consequences of motorcycle crashes.
• Current law does not require injury protection insurance for motorcycles; this has left Minnesota taxpayers with a $60 million bill for hospital charges over the past 10 years.
• Motorcyclists are being asked to take more personal responsibility for the costs of their personal decisions rather than passing those costs on to taxpayers and our health care system.
If you would like to get involved or help with our 2015 legislative policy priorities, contact Jeff Nachbar or Erica Schmiel, or go to our Advocacy Action Center and click on sign up "here".
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Brain Injury Educational Classes
The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance offers a variety of educational classes - including our monthly Brain Injury Basics class - for families, individuals and professionals in the Twin Cities. Our educators can also train your staff on-site at your facility with our Traveling Workshops.
Brain Injury Basics
Introduction to Brain Injury: December 18
Adjustment to Brain Injury: January 22
Caregiving: February 26
Registration is required for all classes. Brain Injury Basics takes place in the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance offices in Roseville from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $25 for professionals; a $5 donation is appreciated from consumers.
Click here for more information on our Education opportunities or call our Education and Community Outreach Department at 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442.
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Become a Member
This year, demonstrate your commitment to the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance by becoming a Member. Join us to support programs, such as Speaker's Bureau, Citizen Advocate Academy, or Education and Community Outreach, which serve people affected by brain injury. Not only will your membership make a difference for thousands of Minnesotans, but it also provides you with access to our newsletter and other publications, discounts to Alliance events and invitations to special members-only events. Join us at whatever level meets your needs: Individual, Household, Limited Income, Professional or Lifetime. We can even make it easier by signing you up as a Sustaining Member so that renewing your membership will be automatic.
For more information, contact Sue McGuigan by e-mail or call 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442.
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S&B Homes Seeking Team Members
SMB Homes specializes in residential care, apartments with services, independent living skills and day programming for individuals with brain injury and/or mental illness. We are looking for caring, dedicated professionals to join our team as Direct Care Staff and Independent Living Skills Advisors. These team members will teach life skills and assist in daily activities. Our mission is to help find "just the right challenge" for every individual we serve and encourage them to reach their full potential.
Must pass a criminal background check and have a valid driver's license. Competitive starting wage based on experience.
Please send resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit smbhomes.com for more information about our openings.
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Classified Ad Opportunities
We are pleased to provide an online opportunity for organizations to broadcast their message about job openings, services and more through affordable, convenient advertising. This bi-weekly electronic publication is sent to more than 6,250 professionals, paraprofessionals and persons with brain injury and their families.
The cost to run a classified ad of up to 250 words is $20 for one edition or $30 for two editions. Ads must be submitted in electronic form to receive this rate. Ads submitted in hard copy will be charged an additional $15 administrative fee. To learn more about this affordable, convenient advertising opportunity, please e-mail Phil at email@example.com or call 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442. Advertising is posted at the end of the publication under the heading "Classified Ads."