LIFE Mower County: Mark your calendars for the 67th annual meeting and awards

Published 7:42 am Monday, May 13, 2019

By Jamey Helgeson

LIFE Mower County

The 67th annual meeting and awards is open to all members, donors, volunteers and supporters of LIFE Mower County.

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Celebrate our accomplishments from 2018 and see what LIFE Mower County has planned next from 6:30-8 p.m. on Monday, May 20.  ​RSVP by calling 507-433-8994 or email

2019 Award Recipients:

  • Community Partner of the Year — Austin Eagles Club – Aerie 703 and Holiday Inn Austin Conference Center​
  • Direct Service Professional of the Year —  Brian Lewis
  • Distinguished Service Award — John Wright, KAUS
  • Professional of the Year —  April VonRuden, Mower County 4-H
  • Robert Qual Memorial Self-Advocated of the Year — Angel Horvat and Steven Mallan
  • Volunteer of the Year — Roger Mallan

Health/LTSS: Representatives introduce Medicare for America Act

On May 1, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and 14 other co-sponsors introduced the Medicare for America Act (H.R.2452). The bill expands Medicare to cover all persons not covered by employer-sponsored health insurance. Additionally, it expands Medicare’s benefit package to include long term services and supports (LTSS), among other things.

Budget and Appropriations: House subcommittee approves FY 2020 L-HHS-Ed Funding Bill

On April 30, the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (L-HHS-ED) approved its funding bill for fiscal year (FY) 2020. The bill provides $189.8 billion in funding, a seven percent increase over FY 2019. It includes several increases of interest to the disability community, such as an increase in Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B funding of $1 billion (eight percent); $3 billion for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Grants, $178 million above the fiscal year 2019 enacted level; and $245 million for Family Caregivers Services, an increase of $26 million above the 2019 enacted level.

However, detailed line item information for most programs will not be available until May 8 when the full committee mark-up is scheduled to take place. While the House is moving forward with its spending bills, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) said his committee will not markup any bills until a budget deal is reached to raise the spending caps for both defense and non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs. Absent a budget deal, NDD funding (which supports numerous disability programs) is facing a nine percent cut in FY 2020.

Upcoming Events

  • May 13-16: Spring 2019 Vacation to Rapid City, South Dakota
  • May 17: Wii Bowling and Bean Bag Tournament
  • May 18: Date Night
  • May 20: 67th Annual Meeting and Awards
  • May 21: Movie and Munchies
  • May 22: Track and Field
  • May 23: Kitchen Creations
  • May 24: Fun With STEM