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Walz pushing to lower health care costs

Gov. Tim Walz wants health care costs to be addressed in this year's legislative session. Gov. Tim Walz wants health care costs to be addressed in this year's legislative session. |  Photo: State of Minnesota

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Created: January 05, 2022 05:26 PM

Gov. Tim Walz is pushing for changes to improve health care and lower costs during this year's legislative session.

Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan held a virtual roundtable discussion on health care access and costs on Wednesday. They heard about why people don't have health care and ways the costs can be lowered for those who don't get it through their employer. 

"As we get ready for a legislative session, making the case of how we can save Minnesotans money, how we can use a budget surplus in a way that continues to grow our economy. We think this is one of the top priorities -- to make healthcare affordable, especially for those folks who are buying on the private market -- to give them this opportunity that others are already experiencing," Walz said.

Last month, Minnesota Management and Budget projected a $7.7 billion surplus in the current state budget.

Walz, a Democrat, has said the extra money provides the means to expand economic opportunity for all Minnesotans. Republicans are calling for tax cuts instead of more spending.

Legislative committee hearings are scheduled this month before the state House and Senate return for floor sessions on Jan. 31.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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