Learn More

  @BestLifeMN  |  BestLifeAlliance |  Pinterest  |   YouTube




Our History

Following years of budget cuts and freezes to HCBS, The 5% Campaign coalition formed to ask lawmakers for a rate increase in 2014 to help curb high staff turnover, and improve the quality of care for people receiving services.  As a result of thousands of contacts by supporters, Governor Dayton signed a full 5% rate increase for HCBS into law on June 20, 2014, as part of the supplemental budget bill. Providers of these services for people with disabilities and older adults received a five percent rate increase effective July 1, 2014. The legislation helped address a crisis and improve the lives of tens of thousands of individuals across the state, with the bulk of the funds going to DSPs, caregivers, and other direct care workers. 

While the 2014 increase was a great step in the right direction, it is important that elected officials continue to make people with disabilities and older adults a priority and continue to address the workforce shortage and ensure quality services.  Even with the 2014 increase, rates for Home and Community-Based Services remain far behind the pace of inflation and staff turnover remains a challenge.   View graph

In following years, the coalition again sought funding to ensure that services for people with disabilities and older adults remains available, stable, and sustainable.  The 5% Campaign changed its name to Best Life Alliance to transition from a one-ask campaign to a long-term Home & Community-Based Services coalition.  Though no rate increase was passed by lawmakers in the past three sessions, supporters helped to increase awareness of the workforce shortage and how it is impacting people with disabilities and older adults receiving services. We are grateful to each and every coalition supporter for their strong advocacy.  The amount of time spent, personal stories shared and dedication that direct support professionals, self-advocates, family members and other supporters has been nothing short of remarkable and inspiring.

Looking ahead, Best Life Alliance is developing its 2018 legislation. The proposal will help stabilize this workforce and the community-based disability services system, and more details will be available soon. Together, we will ask legislators to support Home & Community Based Services that serve people with disabilities and the Direct Support Professional workforce. We will continue to work in partnership with older adult organizations, and welcome their support as we move ahead.

View News & Media Coverage about Best Life Alliance


2017 Legislative Authors 


In 2017, Best Life Alliance Chief bill authors were:
  • Senate - Chief author Sen. Gary Dahms (R-Redwood Falls)
  • House - Chief author Rep. Rod Hamilton  (R – Mountain Lake)
View a list of 2017 Minnesota Senators and Representatives (PDF) who were legislative authors for this bill proposing consecutive 4% wage increases for Home and Community-Based Services direct care workers in 2017 and 2018.

2016 Legislative Authors 

In 2016, Best Life Alliance Chief bill authors were:

  • Senate - Chief author Sen. Kent Eken  (DFL-Twin Valley)
  • House - Chief author Rep. Rod Hamilton  (R – Mountain Lake)
View a list of 2016 Minnesota Senators and Representatives (PDF) who were legislative authors for a 5% increase for Home and Community-Based Services.

2015 Legislative Authors 

In 2015, The 5% Campaign bills were:
  • Senate - SF 646, Chief author Sen. Kent Eken  (DFL-Twin Valley) and clone bills SF 647, and SF 806
  • House - HF 564, Chief author Rep. Rod Hamilton  (R – Mountain Lake) and clone bill HF 1583

View a list of 2015 Minnesota Senators and Representatives (PDF) who were legislative authors for a 5% increase for Home and Community-Based Services.

2014 Legislative Authors and Supporters 

View a list of 2014 Minnesota Senators and Representatives (PDF) who supported a 5% increase for Home and Community-Based Services.