February 19, 2017

Legislative Update – February 17, 2017

This week saw the Palliative Care bill that CHA-MN supports, take another step in the process.  The proposal was heard in the Senate State Government committee.  The proposal did have a Delete Everything amendment to put it into the proper construction, but did not make any substantive changes to the proposal.  The prospects for this proposal remain good, as there has been little or no opposition to it. – Toby Pearson, CHA-MN
February 19, 2017

ACA and Medicaid Expansion Alert

The future of our Medicaid funding faces its greatest threat in years. Congress is considering reforms that would further challenge our ability to provide quality care to our poorest residents. These proposals could dramatically reduce funding to the states and eliminate supplemental funding mechanisms.

We rarely ask every member of our entire, nationwide database to get in touch with Congress on an issue. This is one of those times. This is too important.    (more…)

January 15, 2017

Insurance Premium Relief Bill Introduced

The Minnesota Senate voted Thursday to send $300 million in state relief to people struggling with surging health insurance bills, but the party-line vote has the Legislature’s Republican majority headed for conflict with Gov. Mark Dayton and DFLers. (more…)

January 15, 2017

Palliative Care Advocacy in Minnesota

In an effort to be FOR real care and not just against assisted suicide this week saw the introduction of Senate file 112 — Chief Author Housley, a bill that would create an advisory committee on palliative care within the MN Department of Health. (more…)

December 3, 2016

Organizations join forces to further palliative care, oppose physician-assisted suicide

Despite the withdrawal of a bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide earlier this year, state and national organizations including the Catholic Health Association of Minnesota and the Minnesota Catholic Conference continue to have concerns about the issue’s status in Minnesota. (more…)

September 16, 2016

CHA-MN Annual Meeting Announcement

September 14, 2016

Annual Meeting of CHA Minnesota – October 13th

The Catholic Health Association of Minnesota will be hosting their Annual Meeting on October 13, 2016 at the Carondelet Center in St. Paul.  MC Sullivan, the Director of the Initiative on Palliative Care and Advanced Care planning of the Archdiocese of Boston, will keynote the date with a presentation and discussion on Physicians Assisted Suicide.

For complimentary registration, contact Toby Pearson at chamntoby@aol.org or 651.503.2163.


July 1, 2016

Session Closing Chaos: Special Session in the Wings?

In the waning hours of the 2016 legislative session, lawmakers wrapped up a supplemental budget bill and a tax bill, but failed to pass a comprehensive transportation package, a bonding bill, or a plan for implementing federal Real ID requirements. The breakdown came after hours of negotiations and lengthy floor sessions. The tax bill passed by the Legislature was ultimately pocket vetoed by Governor Mark Dayton on June 6.


May 27, 2016

Net-zero HHS agreement invests in some vulnerable Minnesotans; misses opportunity to help many more

Sunday morning, the Supplemental Budget Conference Committee approved House File 2749, which spells out the near future of Minnesota’s Health and Human Services (HHS) budget. (more…)

May 26, 2016

End of Session Flurry

Every session I hear someone say “this year is just so crazy” and while they may be right, the truth is that every session is unique and, in its own way, crazy. Especially the final few days of session, which are always filled with some level of drama, urgency, speculation and meltdown. It is just the nature of the beast and this year was no different.

As a midnight Sunday deadline passed, lawmakers failed to wrap up major deals and loose ends as they handled the state’s projected $900 million budget surplus, and the name calling and finger pointing started almost immediately. (more…)