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Legislative Update- April 4, 2019

Thursday, April 4, 2019
Yesterday, Governor Walz gave his first State of the State Address to Minnesotans. He told the stories of Minnesotans facing various barriers and demonstrated how we as a legislature can set an example for the nation by coming together to do the right thing for the people of Minnesota. Less than eight weeks remain in the session, and I’m committed to finding compromise with the Senate to achieve results for all Minnesotans.  

Constituent Spotlight

Constituents from the community of Mount Olivet Rolling Acres in Chanhassen visited recently. They shared their stories and told me about all of the unique services offered to residents to promote personal growth. Thank you to the direct care providers and all care workers who make a positive impact in the lives of so many, every day. Thank you for visiting and sharing your stories!
It was an honor to meet with the Carver County veterans. Chaska VFW Commander Rich Daniels presented me with a challenge coin after I spoke to the group. We need the kind of leadership that veterans bring now more than ever: the ability to set aside differences and work together toward common goals. Thank you, veterans!
On Wednesday, the Health and Human Services Budget was released. I’m pleased to share that my Prescription Drug Transparency Act legislation has been rolled into the final bill. Here are more details:

Health and Human Services Budget

The budget strengthens health care for all Minnesotans by lowering the cost of care, making drug prices more affordable, addressing health disparities, improving health care for women, and expanding coverage options for Minnesotans.
For those in our community purchasing health insurance through a private plan on the individual market, the budget includes a 20 percent direct premium discount to address high premiums. The plan also reduces costs for parents who buy-in to Medical Assistance to get services for a child with disabilities.

Prioritizing our Elders in the HHS Budget

Many have asked me about what we are doing to address elder abuse. Our budget tackles abuse, assault, neglect and other maltreatment in Minnesota’s assisted living facilities and nursing homes. These reforms include new licensing requirements, a prohibition on deceptive, misleading, and aggressive marketing practices, protections against retaliation against residents, and clarifications of residents’ civil rights.
More budget bills are coming together. If you are interested in a particular issue, or a specific bill, I am happy to help answer any questions.

Keep in Touch

We’re working hard toward a timely adjournment on May 20. Please contact me with any concerns, input or feedback. I appreciate hearing from you!