REFILED May 18, 2023: Five meetings. One agreement.
Rep. Mohamud Noor (DFL-Mpls) and Sen. John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin) sponsor HF2847/SF2934* that would appropriate $14.11 billion during the 2024-25 biennium. Of that, $1.35 billion would be new spending.
“This is transformational. It’s going to save lives,” Noor said.
Major new spending includes:
A $14.12 million appropriation that would have eliminated premiums for medical assistance for employed persons with disabilities, was not included; however, premium costs would be kept in place and the asset limit removed.
Other House spending provisions that are lower in the final agreement include:
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The DFL-controlled conference committee moved money around for this Republican priority but not in the way they wanted.
Instead of the $20 million House-only appropriation for a nursing facility loan program for financially distressed nursing facilities, the state would spend $100 million onetime. Baker and Sen. Jim Abeler (R-Anoka) said they would prefer a grant program or a forgivable loan.
The House also adopted a Senate provision to increase rates for home care nursing, which would cost $22.84 million.
Persons with a disability
After the House conceded to the Senate’s subminimum wage position, the only direct change involving section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act would implement a home- and community-based services reporting requirement.
Additionally, the Department of Human Services would need to establish a statewide technical assistance center to support people with disabilities to achieve meaningful and competitive employment in integrated settings.
Other adopted amendments would: