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Policy Update May 15

Wednesday, May 17, 2017   (0 Comments)
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MN Legislative Session

MN Senate, House Leadership and the Governor failed to reach a “global” budget agreement early last week. The result was the Senate and House expediting processes and passing six of the 10 budget bills off the House floor and five off the Senate floor. The Governor promised to veto all budget bills, which he did for the budget bills passed to date. Negotiations resume today, with the vetoing of the last round of budget bills. We are now in the final full week of Session. If the Legislature and the Governor cannot reach an agreement by May 22nd, 11:59pm, the Governor could call a “special session,” which must resolve the budget, before July 1, 2017, or parts of the state government would being shutting down.

MN Health and Human Services

Governor Dayton vetoed SF 800 – HHS Omnibus budget bill – Friday (letter attached), citing the many areas of disagreement between his office and the GOP Leadership. The following list is among the Governor’s concerns:

  • $505 million cut to the HHS system
  • Health care eligibility changes
  • Removal of MA inflator
  • 50 percent cut to MNCHOICES
  •  Major cuts to DHS and MDH operations
  • Unfunded or underfunded programs
  • Direct Care and Treatment
  •  Child Care Assistance Program
  • Self-directed home care
  • Child welfare and foster care
  • Systems modernization
  • Dental services
  • Vulnerable adult abuse reporting/ investigating
  •  Improved oversight of child care and home care
  • Lack of safeguards for HMO transitions to for-profit entities

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