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HF 2221

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 03/18/2021 06:07pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Bill Text Versions

Engrossments
Introduction Posted on 03/15/2021

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to human services; long-term care; establishing a hero payment for
long-term care workers.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1. new text beginHERO PAYMENTS FOR LONG-TERM CARE WORKERS.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin (a) For the purposes of this section, the following terms have
the meanings given.
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new text begin (b) "Employee" has the meaning given in Minnesota Statutes, section 290.92, subdivision
1, paragraph (3).
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new text begin (c) "Full-time employee" means an employee:
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new text begin (1) whose employer considers the employee to work full-time; or
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new text begin (2) who worked at least 2,000 hours at a long-term care facility during calendar year
2020.
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new text begin (d) "Long-term care facility" means:
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new text begin (1) a nursing home licensed under Minnesota Statutes, sections 144A.02 to 144A.10;
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new text begin (2) a boarding care home licensed under Minnesota Statutes, sections 144.50 to 144.56;
and
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new text begin (3) a housing with services establishment registered under Minnesota Statutes, chapter
144D, that provides home care services through an arranged home care provider or operates
under assisted living title protection under Minnesota Statutes, sections 144G.01 to 144G.07.
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new text begin (e) "Qualifying long-term care employee" means an employee:
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new text begin (1) whose primary work site was a long-term care facility;
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new text begin (2) who worked at least 1,000 hours at a long-term care facility during calendar year
2020;
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new text begin (3) who was an employee of a long-term care facility as of March 15, 2021; and
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new text begin (4) who is a resident of Minnesota.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Hero payments required. new text end

new text begin The commissioner of revenue must make a hero
payment of $700 to a qualifying long-term care employee. To receive a payment, a qualifying
long-term care employee must apply in a form and manner specified by the commissioner,
in accordance with the schedule in subdivision 4. The payment amount is subject to the
reduction in subdivision 3 for part-time employees.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Reduction for part-time employees. new text end

new text begin (a) A qualifying long-term care employee
who was not a full-time employee is eligible for a hero payment equal to $700 times the
employee's part-time percentage.
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new text begin (b) A qualifying long-term care employee's part-time percentage equals the number of
hours the employee worked in a long-term care facility during calendar year 2020, divided
by 2,000.
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new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Payment schedule. new text end

new text begin As soon as practicable, and no later than June 1, 2021, the
commissioner of revenue must establish a process through which a qualifying long-term
care employee may apply for a payment under this section. A qualifying long-term care
employee must apply for a payment by September 30, 2021, to receive a payment.
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new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Appropriation. new text end

new text begin An amount sufficient to make the payments required by this
section is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner of revenue.
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new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
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