MHP Fundamental Principles

Here are ten principles that any good healthcare system must abide by. To keep Minnesotans healthy and provide the highest quality healthcare, the Minnesota Health Plan ( Senate File 2740/House File 2798.) is based on, and would be governed by, these fundamental principles:

  • ensure all Minnesota residents are covered;

  • cover all necessary care, including dental, vision and hearing, mental health, chemical dependency treatment, prescription drugs, medical equipment and supplies, long-term care, and home care;

  • allow patients to choose their doctors;

  • reduce costs by negotiating fair prices and by cutting administrative bureaucracy, not by restricting or denying care;

  • affordable to all through premiums based on ability to pay & elimination of co-pays;

  • focus on preventive care and early intervention to improve health;

  • ensure that there are enough health care providers to guarantee timely access to care;

  • continue Minnesota‚Äôs leadership in medical education, research, and technology;

  • provide adequate and timely payments to providers; and

  • use a simple funding and payment system.