This spring I was appointed by the Executive Committee of the Nebraska Legislature to serve on the Aging Nebraskans Task Force, primarily because I represent a portion of the state with a large number of elderly men and women.
Also, legislative district 43 represents a part of the state where aging issues are more complicated than in populous portions of the state.
At our first meeting last week, I was elected vice-chairman of the task force.
Today (June 11), the Executive Committee announced its intent to appoint several other individuals to serve on the task force.
I would hope that individuals from District 43 might have an interest in applying for one or more of these positions.
The following is the message every senator received from the chairman of the Executive Committee:
“Please review the announcement seeking participants for the Aging Nebraskans Task Force and share the information with your constituents and community members as appropriate.
The Aging Nebraskans Task Force, created with passage of LB 690, is seeking community stakeholder applicants for the four available positions within the Task Force. The non-voting community members shall be 'stakeholders in the long-term care system and may include a representative of the Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care Advisory Committee on Aging, representatives of health care providers, elder law attorneys, representatives of the long-term care ombudsman program, health care economists, geriatric specialists, family caregivers of seniors in at-home care, providers of services to the elderly, seniors currently or previously in institutional care and aging advocacy organizations.' (LB 690)
The Task Force is particularly interested in applicants from the following categories:
1. Providers of services to seniors or organizations representing providers.
2. Seniors, their families or representatives of advocacy organizations for seniors.
3. Stakeholders from rural communities.
Preference may be given to individuals with affiliations with statewide networks.
Task force members will be expected to participate in 4-6 meetings leading to the development of a strategic plan for aging in Nebraska to be released by the Task Force on December 15, 2014. Membership extends to June 2016. Travel assistance is available. Applicants should review their calendars for availability for an initial meeting tentatively scheduled for July 18, 2014.
Applicants must submit a resume and a ONE PAGE cover letter stating: a) reason for interest in membership, b) credentials warranting membership and expertise in the field, c) the applicable category (1-4) as listed above and d) whether or not the individual is affiliated with a statewide network.
Applications must be submitted to Legislative Aide Elisabeth Hurst in the office of Senator Kate Bolz and will only be accepted electronically. The email address is email@example.com. Questions may be directed to the office of Senator Bolz at (402) 471-2734. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm on June 19th. Members will be contacted via email on or before June 30th upon selection by the Task Force Executive Committee.”
To contact Sen. Davis: Sen. Al Davis, State Capitol, PO Box 94604, Lincoln, NE 68509, (402) 471-2628. Email firstname.lastname@example.org