Physician Patient

What role will consumers (patients and families) have in shopping and paying for their health care?

Today 20% of Minnesotans are on taxpayer subsidized health insurance. This is many more since the dramatic ACA-related Minnesota Medical expansion in 2010. Government-supported insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions was provided in the successful Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association (MCHA) high risk pool which was phased out in 2013 because of Obamacare.
Assuring real fiscal accountability to Minnesota taxpayers, voters and government program recipients requires that we know how much taxpayer money (state and federal) is going to pay for consumers’ (patients and families) actual health care services (including medications) versus the “administrative costs” of the private corporations who contract with the government for Medicaid and MinnesotaCare.¬†Minnesota policymakers and we voters need to peruse audits which specify money for care versus the costs of corporate administration for Medicaid and MinnesotaCare care.
Employers now provide (by far) most private insurance in Minnesota. So, how can they be encouraged to expand their employee’s health care insurance options (choices) while also managing these costs? What is the offset of the costs to the employer for health care insurance and employee wages?
MPPA believes that we need to empower consumers (patients and families) on all Minnesota health care programs (public and private) with accurate price information and also private and public financial incentives which permit consumers to benefit financially from comparative shopping for health care with (online) price transparency for their care, medications, and private or public insurance. 

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