Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Margaret Anderson Kelliher, the speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives, appointed Rep. Larry Hosch (DFL-St. Cloud) to the Health and Human Service Omnibus Bill Committee Wednesday. The committee will start meeting this week to reconcile the Health and Human Services bills passed in both the state Senate and House.
"Larry knows how important human services are to the residents of Minnesota, especially in a down economy when more people are relying on the state for help," Kelliher said. "As a social worker Larry has a strong background in the issues and will be a voice for Minnesotans in the committee meetings."
The Health and Human Services budget funds state nursing homes and reimburses hospitals for Medicare patients as well as health care for working families, disability services and mental health programs among others.
Hosch said the bills passed by the House and Senate both include provisions that will make health-care coverage more affordable to working-class Minnesotans and the bills will do more to help the state's hospitals and clinics struggling to stay afloat during this recession. The task now will be to work together with the Senate to craft the strongest piece of legislation possible, Hosch said.
"I am honored to be appointed to the committee and I am aware of the challenges we face," Hosch said. "The health-care industry is one of the strongest sectors of our economy and employs thousands of people and pays millions of dollars in taxes that fund our public schools and pay for law enforcement. But our hospitals are hurting and they cannot afford drastic funding cuts. When our hospitals struggle, it harms all Minnesotans."
The conference committee will then send a final bill to Governor Tim Pawlenty for his signature.
From the office of
Minnesota State Representative