St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - State reimbursed Health care providers, who serve people with disabilities and older Minnesotans in their homes and other community settings, will receive a 5 percent rate increase, beginning July 1.
The increase, proposed by Gov. Mark Dayton and enacted by the Minnesota Legislature, will add $80 million to home care services in 2014.
The increase builds on Minnesota's foundation in providing services in the community.
Last week Minnesota was ranked first among states on the 2014 State Long Term Services and Support Scorecard, sponsored by the AARP, The Commonwealth Fund and The Scan Foundation.
Minnesota excelled in access, choice, quality and caregiver support.
Nursing home caregivers will also receive additional funding this year.
Legislation provides $1.5 million a year for the critical access nursing facility program, which preserves access to nursing facilities in isolated areas of the state and improves quality.
Legislation also will adjust rates to cover salary costs due to the increase in minimum wage.
These measures will be implemented later this year.