Caring for Minnesota’s Aging Population:
A Look at Public Policy Supporting Family Caregivers and Older Adults
By: Mary Jo George, AARP MN, Associate State Director of Advocacy
In this webinar you will learn about new laws enacted to support family caregivers and older adults along with public policy being proposed in the 2017 Minnesota Legislature supporting caregivers.
The objectives of this webinar include:
(1) Understand who is a family caregiver, their role and economic impact and why family caregiving is a public policy issue for the state.
(2) Learn about recently enacted state laws that support family caregivers and older adults including new training and notification requirements in hospitals discharge planning.
(3) Learn about policies that are being proposed in the 2017 legislation Session to support caregivers including sick leave and paid family leave insurance program.
Mary Jo George is AARP’s Associate State Director of Advocacy for Health and Long Term Care in Minnesota
Mary Jo has over 20 years’ experience in government relations work. Prior to joining AARP, Mary Jo worked as a lobbyist for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Minnesota AIDS Project, and the Minnesota Nurses Association.
Mary Jo has a successful track record passing legislation in the areas of health, long-term care and disability and insurance law. Notable achievements include the passage of the American’s With Disability Act (ADA); Minnesota’s health program for low-income working families (MinnesotaCare); the Affordable Care Act including the establishment of Minnesota’s state- based Health Insurance Exchange and a range of policies expanding and improving access to home and community based services for older Minnesotans.