Rep. Daniels Statement on House Democrat Health and Human Services Bill that Raises Health Care Costs, Hurts Nursing Homes
ST. PAUL, MN—House Democrats are expected to vote Thursday on their Health and Human Services Finance bill (HF2414) which increases health care costs, makes harmful cuts to nursing homes that provide care to aging Minnesotans, and fails to prevent rampant fraud in Minnesota’s childcare and other public programs. At more than 1100 pages, HF2414 is believed to be the largest bill in state history.
“Simply put, you cannot lower health care costs by raising taxes on health care services. Unfortunately, that is exactly what Democrats Health and Human Services bill does,” said Representative Brian Daniels, R-Faribault. “Instead of innovating and working towards solutions that will lower the costs of health insurance and health care, Democrats are reinstating a tax on the exact health services that millions of Minnesotans rely on. This is wrong and Minnesotans deserve better.”
The bill includes an extension of the provider tax that will add more than $2.5 billion to the cost of Minnesotans’ health care over the next four years, and includes changes to nursing home reimbursement rates that result in $68 million in cuts to Minnesota nursing facilities. The bill also fails to extend Minnesota’s reinsurance program, which could cause premium rates to skyrocket next year.
Democrats also included minimal changes to combat rampant fraud in public programs. This session, Democrats refused to hold hearings on reports from the non-partisan legislative auditor on fraud in the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), and refused to give hearings to numerous Republican-backed bills to prevent fraud and address recommendations in the OLA reports.
Daniels continued, “It is clear that the state’s Child Care Assistance Program is in serious need of oversight and reform. I am deeply disappointed that Democrats refused to prioritize this while at the same time choosing to cut nursing home funding.”