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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

September 2008

State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP): Keeping Minnesotans healthy

Why It Matters: SCHIP Keeps Minnesota's Children and Parents Healthy Nearly 40,000 Minnesotans, including children, pare...

May 2008

Tough decisions in the 2008 Legislative Session leave even tougher choices for 2009

March 2008

Addressing inequality: 2007 Legislative Session still leaves many children behind

October 2007

Congress acts to cover more kids through State Children's Health Insurance Program

What is the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)? Since its creation by Congress in 1997, the State Childre...

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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