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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

August 2003

Impact of the final FY 2004-05 budget

During the 2003 Legislative Session, the Minnesota Budget Project compiled an extensive 26-page spreadsheet that examines proposals made by Governor Pawlenty, the House, and the Senate for resolving the state's $4.2 billion deficit for FY 2004-05. The spreadsheet also includes information on the final budget as passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Pawlenty. The analysis examines decisions that directly impact nonprofit organizations, low- and moderate-income persons, and other vulnerable populations.

May 2003

What's at stake in the FY 2004-05 budget: Children and youth

February 2003

2002-03 budget-balancing proposals: Comparison and analysis

November 2002

Poverty rates increase, incomes and health coverage fall in 2001

Health Care Blog Posts

March 26, 2020

Walz and Legislature working to combat coronavirus

Even though goings on at the Capitol look a little different right now in response to the novel coronavirus,...

March 26, 2020

A look at the first federal policy steps to combat coronavirus, address economic impact

The federal government has begun to respond to the coronavirus with legislation over the past few weeks. The first was...

March 25, 2020

Minnesota moderately well prepared to respond to looming recession

As we grapple with a rapidly changing economy due to the coronavirus and an all but certain recession, a new report...

March 16, 2020

Policymakers must act to prevent economic hardship, deep recession

The corona virus is creating a public health emergency and economic disruption. Policymakers should act to alleviate financial hardship and reduce the threat of a deep recession.

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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