I’m pleased to announce that the political action committee of the Minnesota Nurses Association has endorsed me for re-election. The MNA PAC has recognized this year’s efforts to improve access to health care and improve health in general through support education and prevention. I am committed to making sure that health care providers have a safe work environment.
The Nurses Association is a 100 year old organization whose mission is to advance the professional, economic, and general well-being of nurses and to promote the health and well-being of the public. I worked with legislative leaders on pay increases for nursing home workers and his goal to achieve a universal health care system are aligned with the goals of the MN Nurses Association.
For example, during the 2008 legislation session, after a proposal to cut nursing home reimbursement rates by 4%, I worked with Rep. Patti Fritz along with long-term care advocates to get an amendment to restore a 2% Cost of Living Adjustment for the second year of the biennial budget.
However, more needs to be done to bring compensation in line with inflation and to work towards getting affordable health care to all Minnesotans.