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RELEASE: Minnesota House Expected to Approve Health and Human Services Budget

Thursday, April 25, 2019

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota House is expected to approve the Health and Human Services budget today. House Democrats’ HHS budget would help ensure that all Minnesotans can access the quality, affordable health care they deserve. It makes prescription drugs more affordable, expands coverage options, and ensures care remains available for all Minnesotans. To address high premiums, Minnesotans who purchase their health insurance through a private plan on the individual market would receive a 20 percent direct premium discount.

“As a physician, I have seen the difference that quality, affordable health care can make in the lives of my patients,” said Representative Kelly Morrison (DFL-Deephaven).

As prescription drug prices skyrocket, the House DFL’s HHS budget takes bold action to ensure Minnesotans can access the medications they count on.

Representative Morrison is the chief author of the ‘Prescription Drug Price Transparency Act’, which has been incorporated into the DFL Health and Human Services Budget. Her proposal will require price transparency and public disclosure from drug manufacturers.

“All Minnesotans deserve access to affordable prescription medication,” said Rep. Morrison. “Creating more transparency of drug prices is an important first step toward raising awareness of high drug prices, and in helping drive down those prices.”

The House DFL’s HHS budget also takes steps to address Minnesota’s health disparities. Two of Rep Morrison's bills are part of that effort: one expands MA coverage for children's asthma care services, inhalers and related products, and the other works to decrease maternal and infant mortality.

Women's health is also strengthened by another proposal championed by Rep. Morrison, which expands coverage for breast cancer screenings for women who are at higher risk.

A fact sheet with more information is available for download here.

After the Minnesota Senate approves their Health and Human Services budget, lawmakers from each chamber will form a conference committee to reach agreement on a final budget.