The assisted suicide legislation is having a hearing on Monday, March 23rd. The hearing is informational only, but CHA-MN will be watching this legislation closely.
Friday marked the first committee deadline and thus a flurry of activity at the Capitol to act favorably on bills in their respective policy committees.
When Governor Mark Dayton’s supplemental budget is released on March 24, it will include $500,000 for a special health care finance task force to evaluate the future of the state’s new health insurance website. The task force will consider options including MNsure’s long-term financial viability, moving to a federal exchange, and changes to other public health care programs. (more…)
Minnesota Budget Forecast/Surplus
Management and Budget shows the State’s previously forecast $1.038 billion surplus for the next biennium has grown to $1.87 billion. Governor Mark Dayton said he will propose using about half of the additional funds for higher education and early education. That put him at odds with Republicans who want to cut taxes with the additional surplus. (more…)
Health care is the right of every human person. Whether you run a multinational corporation, drive a taxi cab or are unemployed, you should not have to worry about how to get the diagnosis or medical treatment you or your children need. Catholic social teaching, rooted in a fundamental respect for human dignity, instructs us that health care is essential to human life and dignity. For this fundamental reason, the Catholic Health Association has championed health care reform for decades, and we regard the Affordable Care Act as a giant step forward for our nation.