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Why are lawmakers fighting over a 27-year-old health care tax?

May 14, 2019 - St. Paul Pioneer Press (Minnesota)

A nearly 30-year-old tax on medical providers is at the center of increasingly tense negotiations between Democrats and Republicans for the next state budget.

The 2 percent provider tax will sunset at the end of the year if lawmakers do nothing. It currently raises about $700 million for a Health Care Access Fund that is spent on a variety of programs to keep health care accessible and affordable.

Republicans call it a 'sick tax' and they say letting it expire should bring down healt...