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History of the Minnesota CHW Alliance- Minnesota’s CHW Coverage Legislation: History and Lessons for the Future.

In 2007, Minnesota Community Health Workers (CHW) and allies achieved a major policy milestone with the successful passage of CHW coverage legislation. Minnesota became one of the first states to obtain Medicaid payment for specific services provided by trained and trusted CHWs (Minn State Statutes 256B.0625, sub 49).

Learning about the birth and passage of this landmark bill as well as its implementation and results is important to understanding how we can continue to effectively advocate going forward. Building on our successes and addressing our challenges, we will create a strong and sustainable CHW field that advances health equity.

For the full story and more details head to the History page on our website under the About tab to read more on major provisions, keys to success, implementation and result, and what’s next. 

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