The Catalyst

Senior Services News
Tuesday, November 10, 2020

The Lutheran Services in America “Strength & Service Series”



Book Launch with LSA’s own Héctor Colón — “From Boxing Ring to Boardroom: 5 Essential Virtues for Life and Leadership”
Date: December 2nd
Time: 1:00-2:00pm EDT

Join us as we hear from Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan’s president and CEO, Héctor Colón, about his experiences overcoming adversity to achieve personal and professional success in international boxing and as a nonprofit leader, as discussed in his book, “From Boxing Ring to Boardroom: 5 Essential Virtues for Life and Leadership.” Register here.


CMS & HHS 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. 


Remember: 2020 CARES Act’s Charitable Giving Incentive creates a new above-the-line deduction (universal or non-itemizer deduction that applies to all taxpayers) for total charitable contributions of up to $300. The incentive applies to cash contributions made in 2020 and can be claimed on tax forms next year.  The law also lifts the existing cap on annual contributions for those who itemize, raising it from 60 percent of adjusted gross income to 100 percent.


Advocacy Update

Timing For A COVID Relief Bill Remains Uncertain

In an about-face, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said this past Wednesday that he will work to pass a new COVID-19 relief package by year's end, although the scope of the package remains to be seen.  The previous week he had suggested that Congress might not take up the legislation until next year.  Ultimately, the timing may depend now on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s preferences.  With Joseph Biden as the presumptive President-Elect, and with Democrats retaining their majority in the House of Representatives, Speaker Pelosi may wait until well into next year to pursue a much larger relief package than McConnell and his Republican Senate colleagues have been willing to consider over the last several weeks.  Fundamental differences have remained between McConnell and Pelosi about state and local government relief, liability protections for providers and the overall size of the package.  In the last weeks the Senate has passed a $500 billion package, while the House passed its own bill of more than $2 trillion.

Lutheran Services in America continues to work with other nonprofit organizations to urge passage of a COVID-19 relief bill as soon as possible with additional Paycheck Protection Program funding and other support to support health and human services front line providers through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join us in urging lawmakers to provide additional nonprofit relief NOW by clicking here.

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