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

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    • Perspectives
    • October 22nd   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Health reform is no longer an option

      It’s no secret that health care costs in the U.S. are rising at a record pace. We read about it in the papers, hear pundits arguing about solutions and we certainly feel it paying medical bills. What might not be so obvious, though, is that continuing down the same path is not just a bad […]

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    • October 19th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Five trends to know about the future of MNsure

      Among premium increases, insurers pulling out of the exchange and a small market share, there’s been a lot of talk about MNsure in the news lately. Of course, that’s nothing new to the state’s health exchange program. MNsure has been hotly debated since the day it entered the marketplace. In a recent Perspectives article, interim […]

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    • October 11th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      MNsure: What’s working

      By: Allison O’Toole Ninety-five percent of Minnesotans now have health insurance coverage. 100 percent need it. If you watch TV, listen to the radio or follow the news in Minnesota, that line should sound familiar. Thanks for the Affordable Care Act and MNsure, Minnesota’s health insurance marketplace, Minnesota now has the lowest uninsured rate in […]

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    • September 23rd   |   PERSPECTIVES

      4,000 percent price hike in 62-year-old drug raises questions, anger

      Minnesotans understand the anger erupting over the drug Daraprim and a 4,000 percent price increase. The controversy has exploded in mainstream and social media. According to the Washington Post, “Ever since an HIV/AIDS patient advocacy group began raising questions last week about why Turing Pharmaceuticals jacked up the price for a medication from $13.50 per pill to $750 overnight, […]

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    • September 20th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Eight Keys to Better Health Policy

      What we should ask of our elected representatives By Dave Durenberger (This is the second of two articles by former U.S. Sen. Durenberger on Minnesota’s health leadership and what we should expect of policymakers. You can read Sen. Durenberger’s first HealthBasics article here.) A lot of time and energy is spent on blaming partisan politics […]

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    • September 13th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Minnesota’s Health Opportunity

      This is the first of two articles by former U.S. Sen. Durenberger on Minnesota’s health leadership and what we should expect of policymakers. By: Dave Durenberger I was a 32 – year old South St. Paul lawyer with a wife and four kids in 1966 when my law partner, Harold LeVander, was elected governor of […]

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