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AFP-MN to House HHS: $750 Million Provider Tax Makes Health Care More Costly

Apr 2, 2019 by AFP

ST. PAUL, MN – Americans for Prosperity-Minnesota (AFP-MN) today testified before the House Health and Human Services Finance Division, urging members to vote against HF2414. The bill would reinstate the $750 million per year health care provider tax, adding significant health care costs for Minnesotans.

View the testimony here.

“This proposal misses a simple truth – you can’t make health care more affordable by continually adding costs that make it more expensive. Imposing a $750 million health care provider tax takes us in the wrong direction,” said Jason Flohrs, AFP-MN State Director. “Minnesotans shouldn’t have to face more taxes and fees on their health care when the state already has a budget surplus, and especially not without additional enforcement and accountability measures put in place to address well-documented waste, fraud, and abuse rampant within our public programs.”

Background:

AFP-MN believes the legislature should focus on reforms that don’t raise taxes on patients already struggling to afford the care they need and pursue alternatives that increase access and lower costs for all Minnesotans.

Click here to read State Director Jason Flohr’s op-ed on Governor Walz’s budget and proposal to reinstate the provider tax in the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.

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