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Senior Services News
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

The Lutheran Services in America “Strength & Service Series”

Becoming an Antiracist Organization
Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Time: 1:00-2:00 EDT

Hear from three peer leaders as they continue addressing their organization’s role in systemic racism, explore efforts to engage community partners to dismantle racism, and discuss the importance in recognizing and naming the pain that racism causes.  Join Damyn Kelly, President and CEO, Lutheran Social Services of New York, Michael Bertrand, President and CEO & Beverly Jones, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois and Paulo Pina, Pediatric Medical Director, Assistant Clinical Professor, NYU Robert I. Grossman School of Medicine, Family Health Centers at NYU Langone.  For more information and to register click here.

Engagement Technology — What Happens When You Pair Technology and Creative Leadership
Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020
Time: 1:00-2:00pm EDT

The COVID-19 crisis has brought to the forefront the importance of staying connected, and the consequences of being isolated. Come see how the pairing of technology and creative leadership can lead to successful outcomes and improve the quality of life for everyone involved. Hosted by Jack York, President and Cofounder of iN2L, Dave Gehm, President and CEO of Wellspring Lutheran Services, and Kevin McFeely, President and CEO of Tacoma Lutheran, will share their own experiences and expertise on creative ways they have kept their residents, families and staff connected and engaged through the pandemic. For more information and to register click here.


CMS Resources

October 15 to December 7 is Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period.  Visit to compare Medicare health plans and find the plan that best fits your needs and budget. 




Advocacy Update

Prospects Dim for COVID Relief Bill Before Election

On October 11, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows sent a letter to Congress calling on lawmakers to pass legislation to redirect about $130 billion in unused funds from the expired Paycheck Protection Program to allow some businesses to apply for a second round of funding.  Negotiations on a broader stimulus package have stalled, however, with House and Senate leadership far apart on how to move forward given major differences, and President Trump sending mixed signals on what he believes should be included in another bill.  With the House adjourned and the Senate focused on confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, a relief package is unlikely until after the election in November, at the earliest.  Nevertheless, Lutheran Services in America continues to call on lawmakers to return to the negotiating table with tweets to Senators urging them to support nonprofit provider needs in a package now.

Join Us in Urging Lawmakers to Provide Additional Nonprofit Relief NOW by clicking here The House has adjourned until after the election and the Senate is focused on confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee before its own planned adjournment—but lawmakers have still not passed an additional COVID-19 relief package that addresses the ongoing needs most important to our members, as outlined in our key priorities. We are asking lawmakers to address the urgent remaining needs of nonprofit health and human services providers NOW.  Your participation will be vital: join us again in writing to your lawmakers.

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