Says Measure Eliminates Barriers to Health Care, Invests in Childcare, Addresses Disparities, and Improves Public Health Infrastructure
SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Senate Majority Leader Kari Dziedzic (DFL-Minneapolis) said the Senate has passed a Health and Human Services Budget that invests $3.5 billion over four years in the health and well-being of people across Minnesota.
Majority Leader Dziedzic said the measure – authored by Senator Melissa Wiklund (DFL-Bloomington) – eliminates barriers to health care, and targets accessible health coverage to children, youth, the underinsured, and undocumented Minnesotans. It also addresses Minnesota’s childcare crisis with badly needed funds to help families who need childcare and to raise wages for childcare workers. She said it addresses racial disparities in the health care system, and it funds public health infrastructure.
“This landmark Health and Human Services Budget invests $3.5 billion in the health and well-being of people across Minnesota,” said Majority Leader Dziedzic. “It eliminates barriers to health care, and targets accessible health coverage to children, young people, and to those who are underinsured. We also address Minnesota’s childcare crisis with funds to help families who need childcare and to ensure that our childcare workers get the pay they deserve for doing such an important job. Beyond that, we address racial disparities in the health care system, which stop thousands of Minnesotans from getting the care they need. And it funds public health infrastructure, which is so important to keeping our state healthy.”
“This budget delivers reforms and resources that will give Minnesotans access to the high-quality, affordable health care they need, increases the availability of childcare statewide, strengthens the childcare workforce, and makes structural changes that set us on a path to ensuring everyone in our state can get the care they need,” said Sen. Wiklund, Chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. “This bill is a gamechanger for Minnesota families thanks to the investments we are making to improve their daily lives and remove many of the unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles they face. This truly will deliver transformational change for all Minnesotans.”