WHAT IS THE MINNESOTA HEALTH PLAN?
The MN Health Plan (MnHP) would be a single, statewide plan that would cover all Minnesotans for all their medical needs. Under the plan, patients would be able to see the medical providers of their choice when they need care, and their coverage by the health plan would not end when they lose their job or switch to a new employer. Consumers would use the same doctors and medical professionals, the same hospitals and clinics, but all the payments, covering all of the costs, would be made by the MnHP, and everyone would be covered.
The plan would be funded by all Minnesotans, based on the ability to pay, and would cover all health care costs, replacing all premiums currently paid by employees and employers, as well as all co-payments, deductibles, all payments for care by the uninsured or under-insured, and all costs of government health care programs.
Although the MN Health Plan is not cheap, it is significantly less expensive than our current system, and it would provide a full range of health care services to everyone, greatly improving the health of the population.
Read All About the MN Health Plan!
We recommend the following documents which explain the Minnesota Health Plan in more detail.
Savings and costs of the MHP (2 pages)
In depth costs and benefits of the MHP (6 pages)
Search for additional information at our Readings page
Presentation on the Politics of Single-Payer Health Care
In this four-part video, Joel Clemmer explains the problems and needs of our health care system and how the Affordable Care Act and the Minnesota Health Plan meet those needs. The presentation was recorded in March, 2013 at a meeting with DFL CD2 central committee and was introduced by Ellen LaFans, "Ellen the Nurse." The recordings were made by Chuck Smith-Dewey, of healthinsurance.org, to whom we offer thanks!
Note: check the Co-authors page of this site for the latest information on legislators who support MHP. It has changed since the presentation with the addition of additional co-authors.
introductory speech by Ellen LaFans, CD2
problems of U.S. health care
projected costs and coverage of ACA
the Minnesota Health Plan and politics of getting it passed
Hearing on Audit of State Health Programs
from KSTP News:
Wednesday evening (4/10) legislators had the chance to dig in to the recent HMO audit released late last month. It shows the government overpaid the four HMOs that run Minnesota's Medicaid program by hundreds of millions of dollars.
"DHS (Department of Human Services) needs to make the health plans pay that money back. This has been going on year after year and a lot of that money is owed back to our physicians and surgeons for the care that they gave that was uncompensated," said Michelle Barrette, Lobbyist at Minnesota Podiatric Medical Association.
The audit was conducted by The Segal Group, which outlined their methods and findings during the hearing. They showed the HMOs were overpaid by $207 million from 2003 to 2011. The audit also said "relying solely on self-reported summary paid data for a 10-year period seems unreasonable."
KSTP asked Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson if there is a way the money can be returned.
"I think the point is that those contracts were too generous. They were too generous and that they should have driven a harder bargain. But those were the contracts that were signed by the State of Minnesota under Governor Pawlenty and the health plans. And that's a tough question to say, how do you undo a contract," said Lucinda Jesson, Minnesota Human Services Commissioner.
The Department of Human Services also said it agrees with many of the recommendations made in the audit and is already implementing some of them.
Last year HMOs gave back tens of million dollars under an agreement that profits from Medicaid and Minnesota Care would be capped at 1 percent.
See a video of the hearing.
GMHCC Alerts Minnesota to HMO Financial Irregularities
On Wednesday, March 27, the Greater Minnesota Health Care Coalition held an important press conference on the topic of the HMOs’ overpayments and lack of accountability.
GMHCC released a report which comments on the March 1, 2013 preliminary report by the Segal Company, and the Dec. 3, 2012 reports by the Risk & Regulatory Consulting firm. The reports were commissioned by the Dayton Administration.
GMHCC pointed out aspects of these reports which have not been noted so far in the news media. This report is in many ways a follow-up to GMHCC’s Aug., 2012 report entitled “Who was minding the store?”
The press conference was covered by KSTP-TV, MinnPost and other media. Here are materials from GMHCC’s press conference March 27 at the State Capitol, on the HMO overpayment issue:
Senator Marty Explains the Minnesota Health Plan
Who's Minding the Store? Billions in Contracts without Competitive Bids or Auditing
Over the years, many items in the state budget have been scrutinized with a fine-tooth comb. Even relatively small expenditures and contracts are reviewed to see if there is a way to save money or perform the task more efficiently.
Sometimes, however, there are big-ticket items that get nowhere near the scrutiny they deserve.
I receive looks of disbelief, when I tell people at the capitol that there is one area of the budget where huge contracts - totaling over $3,000,000,000 per year - are made, without competitive bidding or auditing, and with minimal reporting.
Unlike all other parts of the budget, these contract holders are not required to use the standard "GAAP" (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles), that businesses, accounting firms, and other government agencies use. And, the system is rigged in a manner that whatever the contractors spend, the state will pay the bills.
Where is this shameful lack of oversight? It is in our public health programs, including Medicaid and MinnesotaCare. read more!
Important Report From The Greater Minnesota Health Care Coalition
View the KSTP News report: http://kstp.com/news/stories/S1883161.shtml?cat=1
Overpayment to HMOs That Administer State Health Programs - The PMAP Issue Explained
30 minute video by Dave Feinwachs: http://vimeo.com/17156418 or click below and, depending on your connection speed, wait a minute for the video to load:
A Terrific Video Explaining Single Payer Health Care
This short video is informative and entertaining. Check it out!
The Minnesota Health System Explained For You
-- Cartoon by Lisa Krahn, Seven County Senior Federation