Officials representing the state's hospitals say they're so concerned about the level of cuts in Gov. Pawlenty's budget plan that they would support increasing a tax on health care providers to prevent the cuts.
The Minnesota House and Senate have passed separate Health and Human Services finance bills that use federal economic stimulus money to maintain current eligibility for state-subsidized health benefits. Both versions reduce spending, but not by as much as Gov. Tim Pawlenty has called for.
Legislation that authorizes a nearly $5 million study of lung cancer among Iron Range miners is on its way to Gov. Tim Pawlenty's desk. The House gave final approval to the bill today on a vote of 121-1.