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Park River Estates hosts legislative town hall event
By Patti Cullen, CAE | April 5, 2019 | All members
Tom Pollock, Administrator for Park River Estates Care Center in Coon Rapids, took advantage of a weekend without snow to host a town hall meeting on March 30, 2019, featuring legislators representing the facility’s district—and including the powerful Speaker of the House Melissa Hortman. Speaker Hortman, along with Rep. Zack Stephenson (DFL-Coon Rapids) and Senator John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin) spent 90 minutes doing a brief session summary then responding to numerous questions from attendees. While there was some discussion on the overall budget process, targets, and not advancing cuts to nursing homes, the topics of greatest interest to audience members were tax fairness, healthcare costs, implications of the gas tax, and how to curtail the high costs of prescription drugs-insulin and epi-pens in particular. If you need talking points or guidance on how to set up your own legislative town hall meeting, feel free to reach out to Care Providers of Minnesota advocacy staff—we would be happy to help. Thanks, Tom, for your advocacy!
Patti Cullen, CAE
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