|The Minnesota House has approved a new two-year Health and Human Services Budget. Our House DFL budget protects health care funding for low- and middle-income Minnesotans, strengthens oversight of HMOs, holds Big Pharma accountable and helps reduce prescription drug prices, and delivers direct discounts to consumers experiencing high premiums, rather than handouts to insurance companies. Chairing the House Long Term Care Division this session, I’ve worked with my colleagues, advocates, and families to strengthen elder care protections. These protections are included in the budget to stop abuse, assault, neglect and other maltreatment in Minnesota’s assisted living facilities and nursing homes.
Unfortunately, the Senate’s version goes the wrong direction, letting funding for the Health Care Access Fund expire, cutting dental and vision services for low-income Minnesotans, and gutting investments in affordable child care. While Minnesotans deserve an honest budget, the Senate is using accounting gimmicks and shifts to the tune of $470 million.
I’m honored to have been appointed to a Conference Committee with other members of the House and Senate to work toward a compromise version of the budget. I’ll be committed to ensuring all Minnesotans can access the high-quality, affordable health care they deserve.
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