Perspectives

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 mnhealthbasics@gmail.com

Recently in Perspectives
    • Perspectives
    • February 27th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Support for ACA reaches all-time high

      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 […]

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    • February 20th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      New Report: Health not equal for all Minnesotans

      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 […]

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    • February 13th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      An ‘alarming trend’: Minnesota’s individual market shrinking

      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, […]

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    • January 16th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Repeal and Replace: Two VERY Different Tasks Face Congress

      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, […]

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    • January 9th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Health Care before Obamacare

      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 […]

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    • December 27th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Smith Brain Trust: BRIDGING THE RURAL-URBAN HEALTHCARE DIVIDE

      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 […]

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