Republicans’ Controversial Medicaid Work Requirement Proposal is ‘Clunky, Expensive, and Not the Minnesota Way,’ Says Senator Tony Lourey

St. Paul, Minn. – Minnesota Republicans today announced a controversial, divisive Medicaid work requirement proposal that would result in the loss of health coverage for tens of thousands of the state’s poorest individuals. In response, Senator Tony Lourey (DFL-Kerrick) issued the following statement:

“The Republican proposal is clunky, expensive, and won’t achieve what its authors say it will. What it will do is hammer rural hospitals with uncompensated care. It will add tremendous costs to our already overburdened human services staff in county governments. It prevents Minnesotans from getting health care when they need it most. I share the goal of helping people find meaningful work, but making health care access contingent upon work requirements is not the Minnesota way. Minnesota is better than this.”

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Tony Lourey represents District 11, which includes portions of Carlton, Kanabec, Pine and St. Louis counties in the northeastern part of the state.

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