In conversations with people around the state, Minnesota HealthBasics is working to find common ground on which to build a stronger health care system. The conversations so far have been vibrant, robust and full of good ideas. In the new Perspectives section of the Minnesota HealthBasics website, we will share some of the ideas we’ve heard, some interesting perspectives from Minnesota leaders and we also hope you’ll share your ideas with us.
Over the next couple of months, we will share short, thoughtful articles that will tackle some of the major issues in our health care system. Some articles you may agree with and others you may disagree with, but hopefully you’ll be talking about them with the people in your life.
We encourage you to join the conversation and share your thoughts here in the comment section and on Facebook and Twitter. If you’ve got more to say and would like to submit your own article, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Minnesotans who purchase individual health insurance through MNsure, the state’s exchange, recently received some good news. Premiums proposed for 2018 will increase only modestly and could actually be cut significantly if regulators in Washington, D.C., approve the reinsurance plan passed by the state legislature earlier this year. If all goes as hoped, consumers will be […]
One of the most significant sticking points in the health care debate is the growing cost of Medicaid. The cost of expanding Mediciad is rising faster than expected in many states, causing budget anxieties and political misgivings, according to Kaiser Health News. With more than 70 million people enrolled, the Congressional Budget Office projects federal […]
Imagine taking your young, healthy son in for a routine vaccination, then receiving a diagnosis of autism only a few months later. That’s what happened to Minneapolis resident Abdinasir Fidow and his son, according to a report broadcast recently on HBO. Despite all scientific evidence to the contrary, Fidow believes the measles, mumps, and rubella […]
Congress is back in session this week with a long to-do list to tackle. One of the most talked about items on that list is health care reform. After the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed the U.S. House of Representatives, the Senate responded in late June with the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). The […]
The past few weeks, we’ve shared the problems and challenges facing mental health care providers in Greater Minnesota. Today, we look at the solutions and recommendations laid out by the Center for Rural Policy and Development. Catch up on part one and part two. Mental health services in Greater Minnesota Limited resources are putting growing pressure […]
Last week, we shared and introduction of the Center for Rural Policy and Development’s research on mental health care in Greater Minnesota. We continue this week with a look at the specific challenges that must be faced to improve care: Mental health services in Greater Minnesota Limited resources are putting growing pressure on rural communities […]
Minnesota has one of the best health care systems in the nation. But that’s not to say there isn’t room for improvement. For example, Minnesotans in Greater Minnesota who face challenges like a shortage of health care providers and long wait times for appointments likely have a different perspective Minnesota’s two-tier status than those in […]
When hope starts to wane and standard treatments aren’t effective, many Americans with chronic or life-threatening illnesses look to experimental treatment options for a return to health. Clinical trials offer patients a way to try the newest treatment, while researchers collect information about its effectiveness. Researchers are cautious and trials are conducted with the safety […]
A recent forum brought together two of Minnesota’s best-known and most-respected former politicians to talk about the state of politics, public policy and why it is so hard for today’s policymakers to find common ground. The discussion between former Vice President Walter Mondale and retired U.S. Sen. Dave Durenberger didn’t dive into specific policy proposals, […]
Iowa made national news recently as one of the first states to face the prospect that its 72,000 residents in the individual healthcare market may have no insurance companies to choose from next year. Experts say other states could soon follow. The state’s two largest health insurers offering individual coverage announced last month that they […]