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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 healthy 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.

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August 2023

2023 Health and Human Services Budget will expand access to affordable care

As part of the budget process, Governor Tim Walz, the Minnesota House, and the Minnesota Senate used some of the state’s historic projected budget surpluses to support smart investments and policy decisions so that more Minnesotans have affordable health care. This issue brief takes a deeper look at a few of our health care related budget and policy priorities from the 2023 Legislative Session.

April 2023

Expanding health care options for immigrants benefits us all

Expanding public health insurance eligibility through Medicaid or MinnesotaCare to include undocumented folks will strengthen the health of those individuals and families who would gain coverage, as well as their communities as a whole. This brief walks through how this powerful policy tool can create a healthier, more equitable state for all.

March 2022

Minnesotans need continuous health insurance coverage

Minnesota has a strong history of investments in health care and has the capacity to make our health care system more equitable so that it works for everyone, regardless of income, address, age, disability, race, ethnicity, or gender. The state’s historic budget surplus provides an opportunity to expand on Minnesota’s existing framework and move toward providing the best possible coverage for all Minnesotans.

March 2022

Public investments make health care affordable and save lives

Health care should be accessible and affordable for all, regardless of paycheck, address, race, ethnicity, gender, or...

Health Care Blog Posts

July 20, 2023

Medicaid renewal deadline for first group extended to August 1

The state’s Department of Human Services has launched outreach efforts to reach the Minnesotans who need to renew their Medicaid coverage, but community organizations can help share information and resources about Medicaid coverage renewals to make sure our Minnesota neighbors continue to get the health care they and their families count on

May 11, 2023

House-Senate conference committee considering investments to expand affordable health care

While the Health and Human Services conference committee is hashing out the specifics, we can likely say the final budget will make important investments that secure expanded access to health care and ensure a better, healthier future for many.

February 01, 2023

Governor Walz releases FY 2024-25 budget priorities

In his proposal for the two-year FY 2024-25 budget cycle, Governor Tim Walz proposes $11.2 billion in additional funding for public services, with the largest amount of new dollars going toward education, economic development, and health and human services. He also proposes $5.4 billion in tax reductions in FY 2024-25, with the biggest component being a one-time tax rebate. Read more in our blog.

October 25, 2022

Inflation Reduction Act advances economic relief, tax equity, and climate response

The federal Inflation Reduction Act includes provisions so that seniors, workers, and families can meet their health care and basic needs, takes important steps to address the climate crisis, and raises revenues from those with the greatest resources to invest in critical public services.

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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