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
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 […]
Editor’s Note: This article was written by Dr. Christopher Cassirer, president and CEO of Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington and first appeared in the Star Tribune Jan. 1, 2017. Northwestern Health Sciences University and Minnesota HealthBasics have co-hosted a number of forums with future health care leaders to discuss the future of health policy. As […]
Politics and policy make repeal of the Affordable Care Act – Obamacare – a very different task from replacing the health care law. Take the political challenges first. The rules of the U.S. Senate permit many spending issues to be decided by simple majority votes, meaning that funds for Obamacare can be cut to nothing, […]
Remember 2010? The first iPad was introduced, Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien were fighting for the Tonight Show and Congress passed the first iteration of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The major reforms included in the bill were not enacted until 2013 or 2014, but even in that short amount of time, a lot has […]
Online communities are helping patients find and share information and connect with each other at unprecedented levels. But can they also create social value by helping to bridge the disparities between rural and urban health care? As part of a recent study, University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business professors Ritu Agarwal and […]
A critical challenge in designing good health reform is finding the right balance between policy and politics. Good information is the underpinning of a system that will achieve the three goals of access, quality and affordability. Good politics also are important. About one out of every six dollars spent in the U.S. economy is for […]