Advances in medical technology have enabled people to live longer, but with older age often comes increased vision loss, according to Kate Grathwol, president/CEO of Vision Loss Resources.
The House Aging and Long-Term Care Policy Committee approved the bill Wednesday and referred it to the House Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance Committee. It has no Senate companion.
Of the estimated 81,000 people with blindness or vision impairments in Minnesota, 66 percent are over age 65, Pierson said. His bill would provide $350,000 in Fiscal Year 2016 and another $450,000 in Fiscal Year 2017 for grants to be administered by the Department of Human Services.
Grant recipients could use the funds to perform in-home assessments regarding a person’s ability to remain in their home and one-to-one training in adaptive life skills for independent living.
The funds would be targeted specifically to senior citizens in order to provide early intervention training and support, services that generally are not covered through insurance.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has ordered the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton to use mediation to resolve a funding dispute. In an opinion issued Friday, the court also ruled that Dayton’s use of the line-item veto to strip biennial funding for the Legislature was constitutional.
A Ramsey County judge on Wednesday ruled that Gov. Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of legislative funding violated the state’s constitution.
House and Senate leadership OK a resolution to seek outside legal representation in an effort to restore funding for the Legislature that Gov. Mark Dayton line-item vetoed earlier this week.
Day three of the 2017 special session saw lawmakers pass final omnibus bills to be sent to Gov. Mark Dayton, with weary House members wrapping up their work at 2:42 a.m. Friday following a week of long days — and nights — at the State Capitol.
Lawmakers on conference committees must sort through competing bills before finalizing a product to send to the governor.
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