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Paulsen-Led Initiatives Included in Two-Year Budget Deal

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement after the House passed a budget deal that includes several initiatives that the Congressman has advocated for to help Minnesotans:

“While this agreement isn’t perfect, Congress is finally doing its job in a bipartisan way,” said Congressman Paulsen. “Minnesotans expect their elected representatives to govern and lead. Repealing the arbitrary caps on Medicare therapy services for seniors, extending CHIP for children and pregnant women for 10 years, and funding Community Health Centers is the responsible way to govern. ‘Compromise’ is not a dirty word and we should realize what can be achieved by finding areas of common ground.”

The bill includes several key policy provisions that will help Minnesotans:

  • Permanent repeal of the arbitrary Physical Therapy Caps for Medicare’s seniors: Congressman Paulsen is the author of legislation (H.R. 807) to repeal Medicare’s cap on outpatient therapy services.  By repealing this limit on health care services, seniors can receive the care that they need without fear of having to pay for expensive care out of their own pocket.
  • A full 10-year reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP): Congressman Paulsen is a longtime supporter of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and voted to reauthorize it in 2009, 2017 and in January 2018. CHIP provides matching federal funds to states to provide 125,000 Minnesota children and pregnant mothers with low-cost health coverage.
  • Two additional years of funding for Community Health Centers: Congressman Paulsen supports funding for the crucial health care access points, and is pleased that this legislation increases available funding for the 16 Community Health Centers in Minnesota.

Congressman Paulsen, a champion of small business and advocate of free enterprise, entrepreneurship, and innovation, serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, chairs the bicameral Joint Economic Committee, and is co-chair of the Congressional Medical Technology Caucus.

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