Walz delivers State of the State; House unveils HHS omnibus bill
Gov. Walz delivers State of the State
Gov. Walz on April 3 delivered his first State of the State speech, emphasizing
his support for access to health care and the repeal of the provider tax
sunset. He signaled he may be willing to compromise on reinsurance and called
on the Legislature to work together and with him to bring the 2019 legislative
session to a successful end by its adjournment on May 20.
House unveils HHS omnibus bill
The 998-page health and human services (HHS) omnibus bill was released April 2.
HF 2414, authored by Rep. Tina Liebling (DFL-Rochester), contains some of MHA’s
legislative priorities, including the repeal of the provider tax sunset and
funding for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) and other
mental health programs. The bill also includes Gov. Walz’s ONECare proposal as
well as vulnerable adult protections and licensing for assisted living
The omnibus HHS finance bill would be primarily funded in the 2020-21 biennium
through a $128.57 million increase from the general fund, totaling about $15
billion in overall spending. The House HHS Finance Committee worked through
over 70 amendments over the weekend and the bill is scheduled to be heard in
Ways and Means on April 9. The Senate HHS omnibus bills are scheduled to be
released April 8 and 9.
With questions, contact Mary Krinkie, vice president of government
relations, MHA, 651-659-1465, or Kristen McHenry, director of state government
relations, MHA, 651-603-3526.
Session bill tracker
For a complete list of 2019 legislative bills MHA is tracking, visit the MHA Member Center. For assistance accessing the
Member Center, contact Ashley Beno, member services and
communications specialist, MHA, 651-603-3545. return to top
PIPELINE Program training grant application now open
The Minnesota PIPELINE (Private Investment, Public Education, Labor and Industry Experience) Program is an innovative approach to
address current and future workforce needs for high-growth industry sectors,
including health care services. It serves as a catalyst for developing
industry-based, employer-driven, dual-training programs throughout the state.
There are $2.7 million in grants available, covering agriculture,
manufacturing, information services and health care.
Dual training, like apprenticeship, is an earn-as-you-learn approach where the
employer invests in its employee by building a training infrastructure,
developing career pathways and investing in the employee’s education. By
leveraging Minnesota’s success with registered apprenticeship and focusing on
the targeted industries, the PIPELINE Program is assisting employers to change
the question from “How do we get workers with the skills we need?” to “How do
we give workers the skills we need?”
The Dual-Training Grant program can be used to pay
for the costs of an employee’s education and related instruction. In
health care, the positions eligible for this program are health support
specialist, medical assistant, psychiatric/mental health technician (inpatient
and outpatient), senior living culinary manager, community health worker and
electronic health records manager. The application window for the current round
of grants is open through May 10.
With questions about PIPELINE Dual-Training grants, contact PIPELINE.Program@state.mn.us
or 651-284-5353. return to top
golf tournament scheduled for July 29
Registration is now open for the Minnesota
Hospital Political Action Committee (PAC) golf tournament, which will be held
July 29 at Territory Golf Club in St. Cloud. Lunch will be served at 11:30
a.m., shotgun start at 12:30 p.m., with a dinner buffet and awards to follow at
5 p.m. For more information and to register, contact Andrea Wombacher, division assistant, MHA, 651-603-3539. return to top