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Minnesota Senate bill restores $22 million in healthcare cuts

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Apr 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Senate has passed a bill that uses money from a state settlement with HMOs to restore $22 million in cuts made last year to health programs.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports Friday that the Senate bill temporarily restores a 20-percent cut in pay for personal care attendants who attend to relatives. It also restores emergency medical coverage for noncitizens that need dialysis or cancer care.

Four nonprofit health plans have agreed to repay $73 million to the state and federal government because thanks to a negotiated 1 percent cap for 2011 on profits from public insurance. Minnesota gets $35 million of that money with the rest going to Washington.

Backers of the Senate bill want to keep about $13 million of the payback in reserve. The Senate plan must be reconciled with an alternative House proposal prepared before the payback was announced.

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