CLOQUET, MN — Rural health care initiatives in Minnesota were a big topic in Cloquet Wednesday.
Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Tony Lourey and Department of Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen were joined by representatives from the Minnesota Farmers Union and residents of Carlton County and surrounding areas in a town hall meeting to discuss key health care initiatives in the governor’s newly released budget.
Lourey says farmers are one group facing unique mental health challenges due to low farm incomes and high health care costs.
Lourey says he hopes Governor Tim Walz’s new budget will make mental health care more accessible.
“We need to be focusing on affordability,” Lourey said. “Again, that’s done through subsidies, tax credits that we’re bringing online to bring that affordability in.”
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