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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.

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

June 07, 2022

Mental health bill takes important steps forward in addressing state’s crisis

Minnesota legislators took important steps toward shoring up our state’s mental health system by allocating $93 million over three years aimed at increasing the number of providers, supporting mental health crisis services, and reducing racial disparities in mental health services.

April 21, 2022

Policymakers should do more for workers with disabilities

House and Senate bills take different approaches to human services and health care Supports for workers who care for...

April 06, 2022

Walz's updated budget proposal responds to larger state budget surplus

Policymakers have a historic opportunity this year to tackle the ongoing health and economic effects of the pandemic, a...

February 02, 2022

A first look at Governor Walz’s supplemental budget proposal

The state of Minnesota has resources to draw on to start building a more equitable future, focusing on what Minnesotans...

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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