Health and Human Services Finance Bill Includes 5% Rate Increase

ST.PAUL, Minn. – Today, the Senate Health and Human Services omnibus bill was introduced. Included among the $103.5 million bill was funding to give home and community based care providers a full 5% rate increase. A provision included in the bill requires 80% of the rate increase to go directly to compensation for these care providers.

Chief author of the 5% bill, State Senator Kent Eken (DFL-Twin Valley) praised the full funding of the rate increase.

“If we truly care about our most vulnerable citizens, than we must ensure those who provide their care are supported. Low wages lead to higher staff turnover, creating more stress, less stability and lower quality care,” said Eken. “A 5% increase will help to retain consistent staff, which is crucial to providing the high quality care that every citizen deserves. The better the care, the better the quality of life these citizens can have and lead.”

The bill provides a 5% rate increase effective July 1st 2014 for home and community based services. 6,600 people with disabilities, 24,900 older adults and 90,000 caregivers in Minnesota will be positively affected by the increase in this bill. Almost all Minnesotans, either directly or indirectly, are somehow affected by the care these providers give. This rate increase will have a positive effect on the quality of life for both the providers and the persons receiving this care.

“A 5% rate increase needs to be a priority for our state. I’m proud to have the support of my colleagues in getting this much needed increase to our caregivers,” said Sen. Eken. “Let’s work to get these folks the fair compensation they deserve.”

For information on this or any legislation, please contact Sen. Kent Eken at 651-296-3205 or by email at


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