MHP Fundamental Principles

Here are ten principles that any first-rate healthcare system ought to meet. In order 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 types of 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 providers;
  • reduce costs 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 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.