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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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February 2005

Federal budget decisions would have serious consequences for Minnesotans and the state's fiscal health

June 2004

"Do-Nothing" session mixed blessing for health and human services

February 2004

How did Minnesota use its federal fiscal relief?

October 2003

Families lose ground in "jobless" economic recovery

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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