Minnesota Hospital Association

Policy & Advocacy

Session Bill Tracker

The legislative session bill tracker is a list of bills that the Minnesota Hospital Association is following through the legislative process on behalf of our members. 

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2023 Minnesota Bill Highlights   

See below for some key workforce and finance/reimbursement bills supported by MHA.

Medicaid Rebasing (HF 2924/SF 2693) 

This bill would provide inflation adjustments to inpatient fee-for-service rates hospitals and health systems are reimbursed for serving patients on Medical Assistance, Minnesota’s Medicaid program. The larger hospitals in Minnesota would receive an inflationary increase using more current cost data. Critical access hospitals would all be raised to 100% of their actual patient care costs. Hospitals and health systems are continuing to struggle with the long-term financial repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as increases in labor and supply costs. 

Acute premium pay and hospital avoidable days reimbursement (HF 2848/SF 2885) 

Due largely to the health care workforce shortage, some patients still need care but no longer need to be in a hospital setting and are unable to be discharged to an appropriate facility. This bill would provide partial reimbursement to hospitals for avoidable non-acute patient days, as well as supplemental funding to post-acute care facilities if they accept high acuity patients so that they can receive a level of care that more closely matches their needs. 

Allied Health Technician Scholarship Program (HF 1340/SF1288

This bill would establish an allied health scholarship program to help fill the over 2,000 open jobs in the state for laboratory professionals, respiratory therapists, radiology technicians or surgical technologists. This program is modeled after the successful “1,000 Certified Nursing Assistant” program within the Office of Higher Education. 

Summer Health Care Internship Program (HF 2090/SF 2387

This program gives students the opportunity to explore a career in a high demand field through a paid internship. Interns gain direct work and patient care experience with hospitals, clinics, nursing facilities, and home care providers. The demand for this program is high, and due to limitations in funding over 1,000 internships have had to be turned down since 2014. This bill seeks to increase funding to match the demand, both from Minnesotans interested in pursuing a career in health care, and from providers who face a critical health care worker shortage. 

Dual Pipeline Training Program (HF 2316/SF 2390) 

This bill provides funding for a program that assists organizations in training the next generation of health care professionals. In the past year the number of trainees in health care services has more than doubled. This program would assist Minnesotans in obtaining jobs in a high demand field. Program participants had average wages of $25.47 an hour for these positions.

Health Care Loan Forgiveness (HF 2302/SF 2386

This bill would increase funding for the existing Health Professional Education Loan Forgiveness Program. It would also expand access to the program to those working as an allied health technician in careers such as medical laboratory technologist, medical laboratory technician, respiratory therapist, radiology technologist, or surgical technologist. The health care job vacancy rate in Minnesota has increased 250% in just one year, and programs like this can help address the dire health care workforce shortage.