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.
Just a little more than two weeks remain before the State Children's Health Insurance Program is set to expire. During its current five-year authorization, the federal program has provided $25 billion to states to insure needy children.