House passes health and human services budget
Apr 2, 2004 —
The Minnesota House has passed a health and human services budget bill that attempts to reduce health care costs, cuts welfare benefits and restores some of last year's cuts in benefits for the disabled. The House voted 83 to 46 after debating the measure for five hours. The bill would also allow for-profit HMOs to operate in the state and reduces state regulations for HMOs. Critics say the bill is unfair to the poor. Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Scheck reports.