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MPPA Endorses the CAE Healthcare Blueprint by Peter Nelson

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Responding to calls for alternatives to the ACA (Obamacare) and current health care law, MPPA Board member Peter Nelson who is Policy Director at the Center of the American Experiment (CAE) recently released the Healthcare Blueprint (link below). The Minnesota Physician-Patient Alliance (MPPA) enthusiastically endorses this report and recommends it to the public, policymakers, and the media. Implementing the CAE Healthcare Blueprint recommendations will move Minnesota and the nation towards a patient-centered health care system — to the benefit of all Americans.

Lee H. Beecher, MD
President MPPA

“Non profit” Minnesota HMOs making money managing the MN Medicaid program: Where is the oversight?

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

On Dave thompson’s radio show October 2, 2014 (link above), MPPA Board member Dave Feinwachs makes the case that delegating the management of Minnesota Medicaid (MA – medical assistance) program to “nonprofit” HMOs has occurred without adequate cost accounting and fiduciary responsibility provided to Minnesota taxpayers (who also pay more in federal taxes because of this). Remember, in 2012 Ucare, a Medcaid HMO, paid the State $30 million, calling this a “donation.” See

Feinwachs shows how this poorly regulated money stream from government to Minnesota HMOs also impacts the rising costs of private market and MNsure policies in Minnesota. Minnesota HMOs make a lot of money from “administering” State programs while taling on no insurance risk; they report the costs of Medicaid services to the federal government without adequate claims data. The Segal report can be referenced as well.

During the 2014 political campaign season, candidates for Governor and US Senator should be questioned about where taxpayer money is going to pay for our (ACA enlarged) Medicaid enrollment in Minnesota: Who profits, who pays, and what are rules and oversight are protecting Minnesota taxpayers?