Repeal the Provider Tax sunset to keep our patients insured and to ensure adequate reserves in the Health Care Access Fund.
- The Provider Tax, a 2% tax on services provided by doctors and other clinicians, is set to end in 2020.
- The Provider Tax funds the Health Care Access Fund. The Health Care Access Fund primarily helps lower-income Minnesotans pay for health insurance.
- If the Provider Tax expires, funding will run out and our patients will lose their health insurance.
- Although the Provider Tax is not an ideal financing mechanism, there is currently no viable alternative to replace revenue if the Provider Tax expires.
- Revenue from the Provider Tax will provide Minnesota with flexibility if there are major changes to health care at the federal level.
- The Health Care Access Fund should only be used for health-related initiatives.
- The “Provider Tax” should exclude small primary care practices (Less than three providers) in underserved areas in Minnesota.
Allow Minnesotans to buy-in or purchase MinnesotaCare on MNsure
- MinnesotaCare is a home-grown insurance plan for lower-income Minnesotans.
- MinnesotaCare is less expensive than private insurance plans on Minnesota’s health insurance exchange, MNsure.
- MinnesotaCare should be an option for any Minnesotan who purchases their health insurance through MNsure.
- Allowing Minnesotans to purchase MinnesotaCare would increase health insurance options, particularly for individuals and families in rural Minnesota.
Medicaid care coordination
Allow Medicaid to pay for care coordination for justice-involved individuals who are pretrial.
- Justice-involved individuals have high levels of emergency department use and recidivism.
- These expensive utilization patterns are often driven by mental illness and substance use disorders.
- Providing care coordination through Medicaid can help individuals get treatment.
- Treatment can reduce costly emergency department visits and reduce the risk of going back to jail.
- Care coordination could save county and state governments hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Don't give insurance companies $542 million of taxpayer money with no strings attached.
- Premiums in Minnesota's health insurance marketplace, MNsure, are rising.
- The legislature sent a $542 million per year reinsurance bill to the Governor's desk in an attempt to reduce premiums.
- This money would go directly to insurance companies with no guarantee that premiums would be lower.
- It would also raid the states Health Care Access Fund.
- There are more efficient ways to lower premiums and improve access for individuals who purchase insurance on MNsure. They include:
- Allow individuals to purchase MinnesotaCare
- Continue one more year of straight to consumer subsidies
- Fund the reinsurance program with a tax on insurance companies