With less than two weeks remaining in the legislative session, time is of the essence to make sure Minnesota senators know action must be taken to repeal the sunset of the provider tax.
The provider tax is a time-tested, reliable way to fund essential health care services. It’s essential to repeal the December 31 sunset of this tax to ensure all Minnesotans – especially children — have access to the coverage and care they need. The revenue loss of about $700 million per year means the state would need to make significant cuts or find money elsewhere. While the House included the provider tax in its Health and Human Services Finance bill, the Senate did not and makes up the loss with drastic cuts to the healthcare, childcare, and home care programs. As a result, there could be a significant gap that would need to be filled by the general fund as well as cuts to funding.
Please call your member in the Minnesota Senate — especially if he or she represents you or your patients — and ask them to preserve the provider tax in order to maintain adequate funding for the Health Care Access Fund.
Use one or two of the talking points below to craft your personal message, and if you feel comfortable, share your personal story about why this matters to you.
Find your senator here: https://www.gis.leg.mn/iMaps/districts
Sample script for call/email: My name is [name] and I live at [address]. As a provider, I support the provider tax because it is essential to funding the Health Care Access Fund. [Add your personal story or a few talking points about why you support maintaining the health care provider tax]. I hope Senator [X] will urge legislators to repeal the sunset of the provider tax and maintain funding for the Health Care Access Fund. Thank you.
Talking points you can use:
- For more than 25 years, Minnesota’s health care provider tax has been the primary funding source for the Health Care Access Fund, helping Minnesotans get the health care they need when they need it.
- Today, 1 in 5 Minnesotans have better access to doctors, medications, and the care they need thanks to Medicaid and MinnesotaCare, programs funded by the health care provider tax.
- Without the provider tax, Minnesota faces a $1.3 billion dollar hole in our biennial budget, and the health care of our friends and neighbors is at risk.
- The health care provider tax is a time-tested, reliable way to fund essential health care services. Now is not the time to slash services, or experiment with unvetted funding sources.