Dayton signs health and human services billby Elizabeth Dunbar, Minnesota Public Radio
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a health and human services bill into law that will restore some of the budget cuts made during last year's session. He's holding a ceremonial bill signing in his office Monday morning.
The legislation calls for spending about $11 million in money that the health plans gave back to the state as part of a cap on profits.
The money will allow lawmakers to fund some programs that were cut as part of the budget deal to end the state government shutdown last summer.
That includes temporarily restoring a 20 percent cut to the wages of personal care assistants who are caring for family members. There's also money for emergency medical assistance for non-citizens who need dialysis or chemotherapy.
Lawmakers also restored a rate cut for continuing care and will spend $200,000 on a study that looks at autism among Minnesota's Somali population.
Some cuts will remain in place, including reductions to funds for doctor training programs in greater Minnesota.