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bills that the Minnesota Hospital Association is following through the
legislative process on behalf of our members.
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2024 Minnesota Bill Highlights
See below for some key workforce
and finance/reimbursement bills supported by MHA.
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.
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.
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
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
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.