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Our Work

Here are topics on the minds of Minnesotans and how the Council is looking at what they means for residents across the state. Prescription drug prices, the opioid crisis and changes to Medicare get a closer look.  You’ll find PDFs on these and other topics below.

Current issues and other Council work

Governor's Health Care Budget

Gov. Tim Walz is releasing his ideas and budget for health care Feb. 19. The Council supports policies that makes the care Minnesotans need more affordable, now and in the future. We will dig into the details of the Governor’s proposals and share our analysis here after we take time to review the details. 

Prescription drug prices

Overview PDF

Employers PDF

Medicare Changes

See details.

Taxes on Health Insurance Premiums

See PDF.

How Minnesotans Get Help Paying Medical Bills

Download PDF.

Premium Security Program (Reinsurance)

Minnesota’s program that lowers premiums paid each month by people who buy their own insurance is about to expire. If it’s not renewed, premiums will go up. Information in the PDFs below include:

Why the program needs to be extended now

Infographic: Premium help timeline

Infographic: How reinsurance works

Table: No new state funding is needed

Infographic: Reinsurance lowered premiums on average by 20 percent

State contracts with health insurers

Download PDF. 

Where do premiums go?

Down PDF

When Health Insurers Say No

Down PDF

Reserves

Down PDF

Opioid Epidemic

See PDF

Bridges to Wellbeing

Download PDF

Working with Local Public Health
Council History: Notes from the early years

Download PDF

Forms

Uniform Facility Credentialing Application. Now, instead of filling out slightly different forms, people who run facilities across Minnesota can use this common form when they apply to care for Minnesotans. Nonprofit health insurers in Minnesota all accept the same form. This video on YouTube tells you more.

Disclosure of Ownership. Providers sign and return a disclosure statement as part of contract requirements between health insurers and the Department of Human Services. This form is approved for use with Blue Plus, HealthPartners, Medica, Hennepin Health and UCare.