2020 Policy Goals
Goal 1: Increase resources for quality targeted home visiting programs and services
Goal 2: Build a strong infrastructure to support quality targeted home visiting programs and services
2020 Legislative Platform
Increase flexibility and access to targeted home visiting programs. Increase flexibility in the types of home visiting programs eligible to apply for home visiting funding at MDH, DHS and/or MDE. Increase flexibility in the types of programs eligible to access state funding, and/or increase flexibility in eligibility of families receiving services to ensure racially, ethnically and geographically diverse programs and delivery systems are available to best meet the needs of families with complex needs. Continue to promote and support collaboration and coordination among service providers.
Increase Medicaid reimbursement rates for home visits. Increased Medicaid reimbursement rates for Community Health Workers, health educators, and parent educators, who are trained to deliver their model of service, to support increased resources for home visiting services.
Medicaid reimbursement rates should set minimum reimbursement rates on prepaid medical assistance (e.g. HMOs) contracts for home visiting services.
Expand Medicaid reimbursement for home visits by trained or licensed professionals and paraprofessionals. Home visits are conducted by a number of professionals and paraprofessionals including community health workers, health educators, social workers, and doulas. Expanding reimbursement rates to include these additional professionals and paraprofessionals can help diversify the field of home visitors.
2019 Legislative Session
December 27, 2018
Governor-elect Waltz and Lt. Governor-elect Flanagan are sworn into office January 7, 2019. The 2019 Legislative Session is scheduled to begin January 8, 2019. Minnesota is the only state in the nation with a divided government in 2019. The Minnesota Senate is led by the Republican party and the Minnesota House of Representatives is led by the Democratic party. Senator Paul Gazelka will retain his position asSenate Majority Leader and Rep. Melissa Hortman will be Speaker of the House (only the third woman in MN to hold this position).
House of Representatives Committee Assignments
Rep. Tina Liebling, Chair of Health and Human Services Finance
Rep. Rina Moran, Chair of the Health and Human Services Policy
Rep. Dave Pinto, Chair of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood Policy & Finance (this new committee will report up through BOTH the HHS committee and Education Committee)
Rep. Jim Davnie, Chair of Education Finance
Rep. Cheryl Youakim, Chair of Education Policy
Senate Committee Assignments
A list of the Senate’s 2019 committee assignments and chairs can be found here. The Senate created a new committee, Family Care and Aging Committee, which will be chaired by Sen. Karin Housley. Other key committee chairs include:
Sen. Michelle Benson, Chair of Health & Human Services Finance & Policy
Sen. Jim Abler, Chair of the Human Services Reform Finance & Policy
Sen. Carla Nelson, Chair of E-12 Finance & Policy
Sen. Jon Pratt, Chair of Jobs & Economic Growth Finance & Policy
Advocacy Tool Kit
The Coalition is encouraging home visiting program to engage in “meet & greets” with their local elected officials and/or candidates this summer and fall. Summer and fall are the perfect time to introduce yourself and share information about your home visiting programs with your elected officials and candidates. All members in the House of Representatives are up for election this fall in Minnesota. Now is the time to share information about the importance, value and impact of working with families in high need. They appreciate meeting members in their community, and like knowing who they can go to with questions or concerns during the legislative session, or when making policy decisions.
The Coalition developed an Advocacy Tool Kit to help you prepare for your meetings with elected officials and/or candidates. Click here to access. If you are interested, but would feel more confident with some extra support, please contact Laura LaCroix-Dalluhn, Coalition Coordinator.
The Business Case for Home Visiting
Smart Investments That Support Children, Parents, and a Growing Economy Home Visiting Matters for Business Leaders. Home visiting programs help build the foundation for the healthy and productive workforce that businesses need. Decades of research have proven the potential of properly designed and implemented home visiting programs to transform the lives of at-risk expectant and new parents and their babies and to generate significant returns on taxpayer investments.
The National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices
A new issue brief has been published, Maximizing the Impact of State Early Childhood Home Visitation Programs, that looks at how governors can better integrate home visiting programs into effective, comprehensive state early childhood systems. Strategies include: promoting shared accountability across state agencies, developing research-based quality standards and improving data linkages to track outcomes and better target services. Source: National Governors Association, Center for Best Practices – March 8, 2011; NECTAC eNotes, March 18, 2011
National Home Visiting Programs’ Shared Vision Statement
The senior programming, advocacy and executive leadership of five of the leading national home visitation programs (Healthy Families America, HIPPY, Nurse-Family Partnership, Parents as Teachers and The Parent-Child Home Program) have developed a shared vision to nurture the healthy, secure development of our nation’s children and families.
Reaching Families Where They Live
ZERO TO THREE Policy Center provides some data, research, resources and policy recommendations for voluntary home visiting in a 6-page brief