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AFP-MN Disappointed in Senate Passage of New Opioid Registration Fees

May 10, 2018 by AFP

Grassroots group urges House to use existing revenues and protect patients from increased costs of Senate bill

St. Paul, MN – Americans for Prosperity-Minnesota (AFP-MN) on Thursday expressed disappointment at Senate passage of SF730, a bill that places additional fees onto patients already struggling with increasing health care costs. AFP-MN had sent Senators a Key Vote letter calling on members to reject the bill.

“For years, the Minnesota Legislature has worked to address rising health care costs by removing government-imposed costs in health care. It’s very troubling to see the Senate go backwards and pass a bill that would add significant costs on the backs of Minnesota patients.” said Jason Flohrs, AFP-MN State Director. “Many members have voiced their opposition to Governor Dayton’s $1 billion proposal to reinstate the sick tax because of its regressive nature, and this opioid proposal is no different. Ultimately, this $20 million will come at the direct expense of Minnesota patients and their families.

Everyone on all sides of this vote want to find a way to help those struggling with addiction and to fund an appropriate state response to the opioid crisis. We thank the members who took the principled stand and voted ‘no’ on this bill and urge the House to reject any legislation that increases the cost of health care.”

Background: 

AFP-MN to Legislature: Reject Opioid Fee Increase and Protect Minnesotans from Rising Health Care Costs (5/10/18)

For further information or an interview, reach Jason Flohrs at JFlohrs@afphq.org

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