Health, Human Services and Housing


By better managing the fastest growing area of the state budget, the Senate DFL is reducing spending in Health and Human Services while protecting core services for Minnesota’s most vulnerable citizens.

The Senate DFL passed several major successes in 2014 focused on investing in quality care, improving public health and offering another pain relief option to treat debilitating conditions.

Quality Care – Highlighted by a major investment in home and community based services (the 5% Campaign), the DFL passed a number of bills that invest in patient care that also included an expansion in Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) to expand needed care to rural Minnesota and needed changes for the Board of Nursing to provide proper disciplinary action when needed.

Public Health – The DFL addressed a number of public health issues that included e-cigarette regulation and tanning bed regulations, a new study on childhood obesity, investing in the Homeless Youth Act and Safe Harbor Law and making needed changes to newborn screening practices.

Pain Management – Over the past several years, Minnesota has been discussing the merits of the use of medical marijuana. The Senate successfully passed legislation this year to allow the use of medical marijuana to treat debilitating conditions such as cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, Tourette’s syndrome, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and Crohn’s disease, or any condition that produces wasting syndrome, severe pain, nausea, seizures, spasms, or other conditions approved by the commissioner.

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