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.
Allowing Minnesotans to purchase MinnesotaCare would increase health insurance options, particularly for individuals and families in rural Minnesota.
The Provider Tax is essential to ensure equitable access to health care and adequate reserves in the Health Care Access Fund. MDHEQ supports continuation of the Provider Tax rather than allowing it to end on December 31, 2019.
In MN the Provider Tax is a 2% tax on services provided by doctors and other clinicians. It is set to end Dec 31st 2019.
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.
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.
Paid Family & Medical Leave
Paid family and medical leave is essential to reduce poverty and close the widening racial disparities Minnesota sees in health and wellness outcomes.
Access to paid leave and the ability to take paid leave are not available equally across populations of different income levels or race/ethnicity.
Only 43 percent of Black workers and just 25 percent of Latino workers have access to any paid parental leave. And an estimated 65 percent of Black parents and 75 percent of Hispanic parents are either ineligible or unable to afford unpaid leave under FMLA.
Wide disparities exist in who has access to Paid Family & Medical Leave. Communities with high rates of poverty and discrimination are more likely to lack access to paid sick and family leave.
The lack of access to paid sick leave has contributed to contagious disease outbreaks. In Minnesota, at least 208 outbreaks of food-borne illness were linked to employees working while sick between 2004 and 2013, and 579 outbreaks were associated with person-to-person transmission in public settings from 2004 to 2011.
Healthcare providers and systems lag behind other industries when it comes to providing access to paid sick leave for their employees
Research shows that Paid Family and Medical Leave:
IMPROVES: Breastfeeding | Infant Brain Development and Bonding | Vaccination Rates
LOWERS: Maternal and Infant Mortality | Premature Births | Racial Health Disparities