Task Force on Health Care Financing
Also known as:
Minnesota Health Care Financing Task Force
Active dates:2015 -
Function: To advise the governor and legislature on strategies that will increase access to and improve the quality of healthcare for Minnesotans. These strategies shall include options for sustainable health care financing, coverage,purchasing, and delivery for all insurance affordability programs, including MNsure, medical assistance, MinnesotaCare, and individuals eligible to purchase coverage with federal advanced premium tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies.
The Commissioner of Human Services shall submit recommendations by January 15, 2016, to the governor and the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over health, human services, and commerce policy and finance.
The Task Force convened from August 2015 through January 2016, through meetings of its full membership and three workgroups (Workgroup 1: Health Care Delivery Design & Sustainability; Workgroup 2: Seamless Coverage Continuum & Market Stability; Workgroup 3: Barriers to Access). The full Task Force met nine times to hear from state officials, providers, navigators, data analysts, and the public.
The task force was originally set to expire the day after submitting the final report. In early September 2016, Governor Mark Dayton said he would reconvene the task force on health care finance to look at individual market concerns. Health insurance companies that sell individual policies are seeking jumps that range from 36 percent to 67 percent for 2017. The increase in premiums would affect about 5 percent of state residents.
As of 2015, 29 members: seven members appointed by the Senate, four members appointed by the Majority Leader of the Senate, one of whom must be a legislator; and three members appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate, one of whom must be a legislator; seven members of the House of Representatives, four members appointed by the Speaker of the House, one of whom must be a legislator; and three members appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, one of whom must be a legislator; 11 members appointed by the governor, including public and private health care experts and consumer representatives. The consumer representatives must include one member from a nonprofit organization with legal expertise representing low-income consumers, at least one member from a broad-based nonprofit consumer advocacy organization, and at least one member from an organization representing consumers of color; and the Commissioners of Human Services, Commerce, and Health, and the Executive Director of MNsure,or their designees. (See final report below for a list of members.)
The Commissioner of Human Services and a member of the task force voted by the task force shall serve as co-chairs of the task force. The Commissioner of human services shall convene the first meeting and the members shall vote on the co-chair position at the first meeting.
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