House Makes $150 Million Reduction in Health and Human Services Budget

By KBJR News 1

House Makes $150 Million Reduction in Health and Human Services Budget

April 9, 2013 Updated Apr 9, 2013 at 10:53 AM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The House Health and Human Services Committee has released a new omnibus finance bill that would reduce $150 million from the HHS budget over the next two years.

According to Chair if the House Health and Human Services finance committee State Representative Tom Huntley (DFL – Duluth), the bill will still protect the most vulnerable Minnesotans, funds cost-preventive mental health initiatives, and includes a funding increase for workers in nursing homes and long-term care providers.

“Cutting $150 million from this budget was not a desirable or easy task, but we have achieved our goal of making significant reductions in the HHS budget while protecting the most vulnerable Minnesotans,” said Huntley.

Huntley goes on to say that the bill continues implementation of federal health reform, including a modernizing of MinnesotaCare through the Basic Health Plan, a major opportunity to assert more state-based control over federal health care dollars.

If you would like to read through the omnibus finance bill, you can log onto the Minnesota House website.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns