SAINT PAUL, MN— Today, Governor Tim Walz issued two executive orders that would ensure critical services delivered by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) remain available to Minnesotans amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The first order authorizes the Commissioner of DHS to seek federal authority to change or waive federal requirements applicable to its programs and services in order to maintain coverage and provider participation. The second order allows DHS to temporarily issue waivers or modifications to state requirements to ensure that their services can be delivered to Minnesotans safely and without undue delay, protecting vulnerable Minnesotans and those who care for them.
“It is evident that Governor Walz continues to prioritize the health and safety of the most vulnerable Minnesotans through strong leadership,” said Senate DFL Leader Susan Kent. “These orders will preserve the programs and services that support groups of people likely to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in a time when it is needed the most. ”
“The services administered by the Department of Human Services are critical to the well-being of older adults, individuals with disabilities, families, and children across the state. That is precisely why now, more than ever, we must support Minnesotans that rely on those services,” said Assistant Minority Leader, and ranking minority member on the Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee, Jeff Hayden. “I’m grateful for Governor Walz’s leadership during a time when we must all come together to address the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure our neighbors have the support they need.”