Health Care Workforce

One of the major priorities of the Senate’s legislation for the U of M is investing in its health care infrastructure. This includes the $30 million in the U of M Medical School and the $25.5 million for the Healthy Minnesota plan to better develop the school’s options for improving the state’s health care field, to increase training, develop clinics, support research, create an electronic health library, as well as invest in physician training and develop new discoveries into treatments.

One additional resource for addressing the state’s health care workforce is a loan forgiveness program for health care professionals, specifically those who would work in rural areas. The Health Professional Loan Forgiveness program was created in 2003, but the needs of the program have outgrown available funds. The legislation in this bill would expand participants to include advanced dental therapists, dental therapists, mental health professionals, and public health nurses. Additionally, the legislation would appropriate more funding to help ensure these professionals are helping fill the growing gap in quality health care coverage in the state’s rural areas.

STATUS: The bill is in the Finance Committee. (S.F. 3)

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