Senator Boldon Highlights Series of Bills to Bolster Care Provider Workforce and Expand Access to Care

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Tuesday, March 5th, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee heard two bills authored by Senator Liz Boldon (DFL-Rochester) aimed at addressing workforce challenges in Minnesota.

The first bill, Senate File 1743, would create licensure processes for certified midwives through the Minnesota Board of Nursing. Currently, the Board of Nursing only licenses certified nurse midwives. 

The second, SF 2982, would establish licensure for speech-language pathology assistants through the Minnesota Department of Health. A third bill of hers, SF 2656 – currently on the committee’s Wednesday agenda – would establish an interstate compact for speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Additionally, several other bills to establish interstate compacts for various health professionals will be heard in the committee tomorrow.

Following the hearings, Senator Boldon (DFL-Rochester) released the following statement:

“After passing SF 3546 off the Senate floor last week to ensure nurse midwives have access to life-saving drugs, today’s legislation builds on the DFL’s work to strengthen maternal health and well-being in Minnesota. Taken all together, these bills represent a serious effort to tackle healthcare workforce issues in our state, and make sure Minnesotans have the right provider and right care for every one of their healthcare needs.”

Both SF 1743 and SF 2982 were passed and referred to the Judiciary and Public Safety committee.

Assistant LeaderSenate District 25
Senator Liz Boldon represents Senate District 25 which includes Rochester and Oronoco. She is vice chair of the Housing and Homelessness Prevention Committee, and serves on the Education Policy Committee, Elections Committee, and Health and Human Services Committee.
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