Health, Human Services, & Housing

Child Protection Legislation Signed into Law

After it was fast-tracked through the legislative process, child protection legislation was signed into law implementing two of the 32 recommendations offered by the Governor’s Task Force on the Protection ...
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Medical Assistance for Employed Persons with Disabilities

Medical Assistance for Employed Persons with Disabilities (MA-EPD) is a program that provides Medical Assistance (MA) coverage to persons with disabilities without the asset and income limitations of traditional MA ...
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Non-Emergency Medical Transportation

Over the past five years, there has been substantial work done to reform the payment and regulation of our non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) providers. A few years ago, the Health ...
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Violence against Health Care Workers

A violent and unsettling video of St. John’s Hospital nurses in Maplewood being attacked by a patient wielding a metal bar from an IV pole made the news back in ...
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MFIP Assistance Increase

Two bills were heard that would increase the cash grants for the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP). The program is the state’s support program for working families with children, and ...
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Steve’s Law and Naloxone Distribution

Steve’s Law EMS Training Appropriation     This legislation would appropriate money to expand education and distribution of the opiate overdose antidote Naloxone (Narcan). The bill would provide funding for the implementation ...
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Prior Authorization Requirements

This bill would remove barriers confronting a patient’s access to necessary medications. Currently, health plans may require subscribers to submit certain prescriptions for approval before they are covered, through a ...
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CARE Act (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable)

The CARE Act encourages patients and their loved ones to have a conversation about hospital aftercare before it becomes a pressing issue upon discharge. This bill encourages patients to designate ...
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Legislative Health Care Workforce Commission Recommendations

In December, the Legislative Health Care Workforce Commission released its recommendations for strengthening Minnesota’s health care workforce. One of the recommendations was to expand participation in the current Health Professional ...
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Homeless Youth Act Appropriation

On any given night, an estimated 4,080 Minnesota youth experience homelessness. To provide them with comfort and care, legislation was introduced to fund an additional $2 million a year for ...
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MNsure Governance Restructure

The MNsure Governance Restructure bill would transform MNsure into a state agency, and was crafted after complaints from citizens and legislators regarding oversight, technical glitches, and ease of accessing coverage ...
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Safe Harbor Appropriation

The 2015 Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Youth bill would make $8.3 million in critical state investments for safe shelter and supportive services and additional shelter beds for sexually exploited ...
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MA Income, Asset Limits, and Spenddown Increases

The ACA allowed states to increase the income standard for adults accessing Medical Assistance (MA) to 133% FPG (Federal Poverty Guideline) and eliminate the asset limits for this and most ...
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Mental Health Hubs

Two bills would make mental health services more accessible to those in crisis and streamline the many support structures that individuals rely on to address mental health needs. The bipartisan ...
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Nursing Home Rate Modifications

This legislation would improve the way the state funds our nursing homes. Major innovation in Minnesota’s nursing facility payment system has not occurred since the 1990s. This proposal would provide ...
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MN Telemedicine Act

The MN Telemedicine Act was introduced to help rural communities maintain continued access to high-quality health care. The legislation would allow healthcare providers to continue utilizing technology to deliver high-quality ...
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Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

This legislation would enroll Minnesota in the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, which would enable physicians to practice across state lines – physically or via telecommunication – while still being under ...
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Let’s Talk Now Act + Advance Care Planning

The Let’s Talk Now and Advance Care Planning acts are bills that provide support in encouraging families and communities to talk early about end-of-life planning. The legislation incorporates elements of ...
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Health Care Regulatory Review Task Force

This bill would create a task force to review the regulations that govern Minnesota’s health plan industry. Reforms within the industry have created a complicated web of regulations that impact ...
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The ABLE Act

In 2014, the President signed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, which allows a new type of account for persons with disabilities under the existing 529 plan structure ...
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Alzheimer’s Research and Support Act

The Alzheimer’s Research and Support Act establishes an Alzheimer’s research program and further addresses the needs of people with Alzheimer’s and the families that care for them. According to the ...
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HHSH Deficiency Funding

Minnesota Security Hospital, Ebola Preparedness Appropriations from Deficiency Bill To meet the needs of the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter following a series of mandated reforms led by the ...
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