Thanks to legislation heard in the Health and Human Services Budget Division, Minnesotans who suffer a stroke would see quicker response times, potentially averting long-term health difficulties. The legislation provides $700,000 in funding for the Minnesota Stroke System over the biennium. According to proponents, additional funding for the Stroke System would help first responders be better prepared when they encounter potential stroke victims. The initial response to a victim of a stroke can play a substantial role in the long term effects of the stroke on the patient. Proper care in the first few minutes of a stroke can prevent long-term problems in the patient’s health.
The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in the Omnibus HHS Budget Bill. (S.F. 790)