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Governor Signs Health Bill into Law (May. 31st, 2007)

From the Minnesota Association of Community Health Center’s Website:

GOVERNOR SIGNS HEALTH BILL INTO LAW
INCLUDES $3 MILLION FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINICS (CHCs)

First Time CHCs Receive State Support

Governor Pawlenty signed the Omnibus Health and Human Services bill – HF1078 – into law last month. The law includes $3 million for CHCs over the course of the biennium – $1.5 million in each fiscal year. This marks the first time the State of Minnesota will directly support CHCs in the state through an appropriation. CHCs will receive the funds sometime after the beginning of FY2008, which begins on July 1, 2007.

In addition to the $3 million dollars, MNACHC was also successful earlier in the session by extending the Essential Community Provider (ECP) designation. Many CHCs lost or were about to lose their ECP designation in 2007.

Finally, MNACHC was part of the Safety Net Coalition that advocated for increased access to health care for low-income Minnesotans. The Coalition, led by Michael Scandrett at Halleland Health Care Consulting, also had a very successful 2007 Session. Despite limited new funding beyond the surplus in the Health Care Access Fund, the session resulted in:
• substantial expansion of eligibility for MinnesotaCare;
• funding for outreach to enroll uninsured persons in public programs; and
• funding for various Coalition members and their programs.

The Coalition, with MNACHC’s involvement, also defeated the proposal to repeal the Board of Dentistry program to license foreign-trained dentists.

Our MNACHC ADVOCATES truly made THE difference this year. Through:

• Attending our “Day on the Hill” in January;
• Calling you legislators;
• Responding to our electronic “Action Alerts;”
• Testifying at Committee hearings;
• Coming to the Capitol to advocate in person; and
• Writing letters to the Governor to avert a veto….

…the MNACHC ADVOCATES made a difference this session. A big “THANK YOU” to our ADVOCATES!

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