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
With health care reform still up for debate, some policymakers continue to question whether Medicaid coverage actually improves access to care, quality of care, or financial protection. As the number of Americans insured by Medicaid climbs to over 70 million, including an estimated 12 million who gained access through the Affordable Care Act, it’s a claim worth examining. […]
In an effort to expand access and cut costs to dental care, especially in low-income and rural areas, the 2009 Minnesota legislature allowed the licensing of dental therapists. Minnesota was the first state in the nation to allow the licensing, and eight years later, the experiment seems to be working. Dental therapists are similar to […]
The evolution of Uber and other ridesharing services have completely reimagined how we get from one point to another. But the tech giant is starting to reach into other areas of our lives–syncing music through Spotify, picking up your dinner or groceries and for some, providing health care services. When faced with a recent medical […]
Even though Congress failed to pass the American Health Care Act, no one believes that health reform is going away. In fact, after emotions settled down, many national policymakers already were talking about re-visiting the issue in the near future. Health reform is important to all Americans. It represents nearly one-sixth of the U.S. economy […]
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 […]