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The ability to afford health care shouldn't depend on someone's paycheck or address. Our state has a history of investing in health care, healthy communities, and the well-being of Minnesotans. That's paid off in strong rates of health care coverage. But there's more to do, including dismantling barriers to living health lives that many people of color and people in rural areas face.

Our health care work focuses on the effects of state and federal health care policies on Minnesotans' ability to live healthy lives and get the care they need to thrive.

Research

February 2019

How to read the Health Care Access Fund statement

The Health Care Access Fund (HCAF) was created to hold Minnesota’s health care provider tax revenues, in addition to several smaller revenue sources. The HCAF, like the provider tax, was created to invest in efforts that reduce the number of Minnesotans without health insurance, address growing health care costs, and improve the quality of health care services for all Minnesotans. This document provides readers a quick tour of the balance sheet that is updated in each state budget forecast.

December 2018

Healthy budget, healthy Minnesotans: Preserving essential health care funding

In 1992, Minnesota policymakers made an important long-term investment in Minnesotans’ health and well-being by creating the health care provider tax. The tax funds affordable health care and access to health professionals for people across the state. Unfortunately it is scheduled to expire next December. Our issue brief explains how the provider tax has improved the health of Minnesotans over the last 26 years, and why it’s so important that policymakers maintain it this coming legislative session.

 

July 2018

Federal funds to Minnesota are instrumental to building shared prosperity

Partnership with the federal government allows Minnesotans to have affordable health care, strong roads and transit, supports for jobs and training, and other priorities for thriving families and communities. Close to $25 billion, or 30 percent of the state’s budget, comes from the federal government. Our issue brief looks at how federal budget proposals would significantly weaken this partnership with the states, putting health care, food security, affordable housing, and other supports for Minnesotans at risk.

May 2014

MinnesotaCare: A vital part of Minnesota's health care system

MinnesotaCare provides a path to affordable health insurance for lower-income, working Minnesotans who are not covered by their employers or are not able to find affordable coverage in the private market. This brief looks at changes made to MinnesotaCare in the 2013 Legislative Session, including those to adapt to opportunities under the Affordable Care Act.

Health Care Blog Posts

November 25, 2019

New research demonstrates unequivocally: Medicaid works, and work reporting requirements do not

New research illustrates just how effective Medicaid is in improving peoples’ health, and just how dangerous limitations to access can be.

September 10, 2019

New Census data shows some positive trends, but not everyone benefits

The Census Bureau released new data today showing a 0.5 percent reduction in national poverty rates, making 2018 the...

June 19, 2019

Critical funding for health care preserved but small gains in support for families

Overall, the final HHS budget agreement is a mixed bag for Minnesotans.

May 15, 2019

New data tool allows everyone to find local data about impact of health care, provider tax

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) rolled out powerful new web-based tools chock-full of data about health...

Our Health Care Policy Work

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Preserving critical health care funding

Keeping Minnesota’s health care provider tax in place is a key to a healthy Minnesota. The Minnesota Budget Project worked hard alongside others to preserve this critical source of funding by repealing the scheduled sunset of the provider tax during the 2019 Legislative Session. The health care provider tax was permanently extended as part of the budget agreement reached by Governor Tim Walz and the Minnesota Legislature. However, the provider tax rate was reduced from 2 percent to 1.8 percent.

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