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The Provider Tax

Saturday, May 18, 2019   (0 Comments)
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The Provider Tax is scheduled to sunset at the end of this year. This tax generates about $700 million dollars and is used to pay for healthcare for low income individuals. If the Provider Tax expires it will translate into cuts in healthcare for our most vulnerable citizens.

Contact your representatives and ask them to support the Provider Tax – every phone call and email is tallied so it is vital that your voice is counted!

Identify your Senator and Representativeshttps://www.gis.leg.mn/iMaps/districts/
 
To send an email:
Use the talking points below and draft a quick email calling on our elected officials to repeal the sunset of the provider tax. All legislative email addresses follow a simple format:
Senate: Sen.FirstName.LastName@senate.mn
House: Rep.FirstName.LastName@house.mn
 
Suggested Talking Points for Calls, Letters, Tweets and Emails

  • Minnesotans should be able to know they can afford to go to the doctor or another health provider without worry.  That’s why maintaining the Provider Tax is so important.
  • Minnesota’s health care provider tax has been a bipartisan solution to increase access to health care, contain health care costs, and improve the quality of health care services for Minnesotans since 1992.
  • It’s a time-tested funding source and the way Minnesotans contribute to taking care of each other and ensure our state has the resources to keep our health care system strong.
  • Minnesota policymakers must act this year to stop the scheduled expiration of the Health Care Provider Tax or risk the future health care for more than 1 million Minnesotans.


We Need Visits - We understand that distance is a barrier for some organizations, but we challenge all who can make the trip to the Capitol to meet face to face with their elected officials.

We Need Tweets - Engage in the different social media campaigns being driven by different groups who have signed a letter of support for the Provider Tax.
 
1. Post a video - Record a 20 second selfie video explaining why you support the Health Care Provider Tax. Be sure to @takeactionmn and #DontLetTheSunSet
2. Post a photo - Print the attached logo board and snap a photo of staff or supporters of your organization holding the sign with a message about why your organization supports the Provider Tax. Be sure to use #MNLeg and #DontLetTheSunSet

The Minnesota Budget Project and TakeAction MN are two groups that are working on keeping the Provider Tax intact. They are looking for personal stories to run on the impacts of the Provider Tax. If you have a story to share please contact: Please connect with Laura Mortenson (Minnesota Budget Project) or Kenza Hadj-Moussa (TakeAction MN) ASAP if you have stories to share or people who would be willing to speak to the media.


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