May 1, 2012 at 8:44 am
Saint Paul, Minn. (KNSI) - Governor Dayton on Monday signed the Health and Human Services omnibus budget bill.
The bill restores $18 million in funding for some of the essential HHS services that were cut as part of the 2011 budget compromise. The bill allows people with disabilities to stay in the workforce past age 65 if they choose, and continue receiving Medicaid. The bill also restores funding for this biennium for the Emergency Medical Assistance program, providing dialysis and cancer treatment for some of the sickest Minnesotans.
DFL State Senator Tony Lourey of Kerrick said he is humbled and proud to have played a small role in making this bill a reality.
"We sat down together, all of us across Minnesota, listened to all of the voices and did the very, very best that we could, with that limited budget target, to resolve the most pressing needs of our health care facilities of our disabled, of our elderly and frail."
The bill also delays the rate reduction for personal care attendants until July 2013.