Medicaid Work Restrictions
Medicaid work requirements do not save money, increase administrative burden, and lead to decreased rates of insurance.
- Only 7% of medicaid recipients who are able to work are not working.
- 80% percent of Medicaid recipients are in working families, and 59% of recipients are already working
- Many Medicaid recipients attend school, are caregivers, or work part time.
- Requiring medicaid recipients to work will decrease the insurance rates for children and families disproportionately.
- Nearly all children of insured parents are insured
- Only 22% of children whose parents are uninsured are insured
- Loss of health coverage places the whole family at financial risk
- Any savings from people becoming dropping out of Medical Assistance will be offset by increased administrative costs.
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.
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.