Governor Tim Walz today signed HF 4556, the fourth legislative package passed and signed this month to help Minnesotans weather the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation will increase access to affordable health care during the pandemic and provide greater flexibility for Minnesotans as the state combats the spread of COVID-19.
“Our team partnered with legislators on both sides of the aisle in putting together this legislation to help Minnesotans weather COVID-19,” said Governor Walz. “We will continue working with our local, state, and federal partners to ensure Minnesotans have the support they need during this pandemic.”
“This legislation will help Minnesotans with and without insurance afford COVID-19 testing and care, streamline telemedicine, and extend administrative deadlines to provide Minnesotans with more flexibility,” said Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. “I’m proud Minnesotans came together to provide needed resources to protect Minnesotans’ health and wellbeing.”
The legislation ensures that when temporary sites are set up to deliver health care in Minnesota, Medicaid and MinnesotaCare enrollees will be able to receive care in those settings. The legislation ensures that anyone who is uninsured will be eligible for coverage for COVID-19 testing and 100% federal reimbursement for the clinic visit. The legislation also clarifies that telephone visits are telemedicine and contains other administrative and technical adjustments.