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 1643/House File 1774) 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’s leadership in medical education, research, and technology;

  • provide adequate and timely payments to providers; and

  • use a simple funding and payment system.