Unofficial* HHS hearing on Minnesota Health Plan Scheduled

SAINT PAUL, MN. – Ranking minority member of the Senate Health & Human Services Committee, Senator John Marty (DFL-Roseville), has scheduled an unofficial* hearing onSenate File 1125, the proposed Minnesota Health Plan on November 13th at the University of Minnesota Duluth. The Minnesota Health Plan would cover all Minnesotans for all their medical needs, giving patients the choice of providers, and allowing medical decisions to be made by patients and their doctors, not insurance companies. It would reduce costs for health care, human services, out-of-home placement for children, and the corrections system.

 

When:

Wednesday, November 13th at 5:30 pm – 7 pm

 

Where (Note Location Change):

University of Minnesota Duluth

Marshall Performing Arts Center (MPAC) Auditorium

1215 Ordean Court

Duluth, MN 55812

(Please note updated event location, previous notice listed the UMD Chemistry building but the location has changed to the MPAC Auditorium)

 

What:

Unofficial Senate Health & Human Services Committee hearing on SF 1125, Minnesota Health Plan.

Senate File 1125 would create the Minnesota Health Plan, a health plan that would cover all Minnesotans for all their medical needs, giving patients the choice of providers, and allowing medical decisions to be made by patients and their doctors, not insurance companies.

 

Why:

Our HHS budget continues to grow far faster than inflation because of demographics and need, as well as medical hyper-inflation. Under our current path, to meet those growing needs we will either need to: 1) make ever deeper cuts in care (for an illustration, see the Republican 2019 Senate HHS budget bill – eliminating dental and vision for Medical Assistance, putting a cap on waivered services, etc.) These cuts will need to become increasingly severe and harmful to vulnerable Minnesotans in future years, or 2) commit an ever-increasing amount, and portion, of our budget to human services. We need to explore a different path – recognizing that efficiency and an ounce of prevention are worth a pound of cure. We can provide healthcare in a simple, efficient manner to all Minnesotans, through the Minnesota Health Plan. It gives us an opportunity to get in front of our healthcare needs, ultimatelyreducing costs for healthcare, human services, out-of-home placement for children, and even corrections costs.

 

*This is an unofficial hearing because as ranking minority member of the Senate HHS committee, Senator Marty has not been given a hearing on the Minnesota Health Plan, and does not have the power to schedule an official hearing. Due to the importance of the issue, Senator Marty is scheduling the hearing to give supporters and opponents the opportunity to testify on the proposal. All members of the Senate Health & Human Services Committee are being invited, along with local legislators. Public testimony will be accepted at the hearing.

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