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
By Rich Sykora Insurance premiums are not the cost of health care. Premiums are what insurers charge to cover expected increases in the underlying cost of receiving care and other factors. When insurers increase premiums, they are accounting for the increasing cost of health care, not causing it. About 85 percent of premium dollars are […]
What’s the first word that comes to mind when you think about health care in Minnesota? That’s the question we posed in HealthBasics forums across Minnesota. The result is a word cloud showing the most frequent responses (See the word cloud here). Not surprisingly, “quality” and “expensive” lead the most common responses. But dig a […]
By Britt Johnsen, Trig At a time when health care costs are wreaking havoc on companies’ bottom lines and individuals’ pocketbooks, many businesses are educating employees on the complexities of health care to save money, improve care and reduce waste and error. According to a 2012 Institute of Medicine report, Americans spent a total of […]
By: Chuck Sawyer, DC Northwestern Health Sciences University The Minnesota health care landscape is changing at an unprecedented rate. In today’s political and policy climate, just about everything is affecting patients, employers, payers (both public and private) and health care providers. And although many of the changes we’re experiencing in health care pre-date the Affordable […]
By Dannette Coleman, Medica Senior Vice President Individual and Family Business Choosing a health insurance plan is one of the most critical decisions consumers face each year. If you’re looking for health insurance in the individual market (open enrollment is Nov. 1 – Jan. 31, 2016), you will want to think about the type of […]
By Kyle Bozentko At the Jefferson Center, we know everyday people (as opposed to advocates, policy experts, or politicos) have the wisdom and capacity to make informed, credible decisions about complex public issues. This assertion may induce heartburn in those who have dedicated considerable time and energy to master the technicalities and nuances of their […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
By Melisa Franzen and Alberto Monserrate To truly understand what communities of color need when it comes to health care we have to first create awareness. If we continue to assume we know what the barriers to better health are for a diverse population of New Americans we are missing the mark on understanding the […]