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
Editor’s Note: This was published March 15, before the House of Representatives considered the American Health Care Act. Vox, a popular commentary site, recently published a lengthy article on the lessons to be learned from Obamacare. (You can read the entire article here) Following are excerpts from the article, highlighting three of the lessons that […]
Health system performance improved across the nation, according to the 2017 Health System Scorecard recently released by the nonpartisan Commonwealth Fund. Minnesota still leads most of the nation in health care, but fell to second place this year behind the state of Vermont. Scorecards of all 50 states are released every year from the Commonwealth […]
Debates over health policy typically go in one of two directions: incredibly complicated or intensely partisan. Those two realities combined to tamp down support for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). As the highly-regarded and independent Pew Research reported in February, “opinions about the Affordable Care Act have tended to be more negative than positive” throughout […]
A recent editorial in the Minneapolis StarTribune on proposals to allow health insurers to sell across state lines generated comments that went far beyond the original topic. That’s not unusual. Just about any discussion of health policy begins in one place and quickly travels to many other issues. A key goal of HealthBasics is to […]
President Trump recently noted that health care is “an unbelievably complex subject,” and added “Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.” Looking for some insight on how complicated health care really is? Here’s a good start The Basics Cost of Health Care The Affordable Care Act/ACA/Obamacare Health Policy FAQ The Price of Miracles Who is […]
The Affordable Care Act – Obamacare – has had an up-and-down history with the American public. Over the years, specific provisions of the bill have been popular, while opinion often has coalesced around the larger law. Now, with Congress discussing proposals to replace the Affordable Care Act, new research from the independent Pew Research Center […]
A new study from Minnesota Community Measurement (MNCM) shows that health outcomes can vary widely based on where people live, their race, preferred language or country of origin. White Minnesotans who live in the Twin Cities tend to be the healthiest while American Indians and African Americans had the worst health outcomes, according to the study. “Minnesota […]
While state officials were announcing record enrollment of individuals in MNsure – the state’s health insurance exchange – a new analysis shows that the private marketplace for individual insurance is shrinking. The state’s individual market experienced a 30 percent decline in enrollment from 2016 and is now made up of no more than 190,000 Minnesotans, […]
When Gov. Dayton signed a health care bill in January (SF 1), most of the focus was on premium relief for the individual insurance market, but the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and other business interests say the bill also paved the way for more businesses to offer health insurance. The vast majority of Minnesotans and […]
Editor’s Note: This article was written by Peter Nelson, vice president and senior policy fellow, Center of the American Experiment. Read the original article here. Allina Health Systems and Aetna announced they were partnering to form a new health insurance company in Minnesota. The announcement comes at a time when insurers are bailing out of Minnesota’s individual […]