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St. Paul, Minn.—It's not often there is good news about the expense of medical care and health insurance premiums. But today the Minnesota Council of Health Plans has good news. Expenses in the state program that helps pay high medical bills for people who buy their own insurance are about half the amount expected. That […]
Saint Paul, Minn. — Today the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Business Partnership released a toolkit to help employers fight opioids.
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So far in 2018, we've been to see a doctor or others who provide care more than 13 million times. We've been admitted to the hospital about 124,000 times, spending nearly 600,000 days hospitalized. While the number of visits, hospital admissions and length of time we're hospitalized are all down on average compared to […]
”It’s ridiculous. Three federal programs that helped people get insurance have been replaced by a single question mark. And that affects people in communities across our state.
“While people in other states are seeing double-digit increases in health insurance premiums for 2019, we aren’t."
Star Tribune Commentary
It lowers premiums for people who buy their own insurance and requires no new money.
Find out how expensive care is at your clinic compared to other clinics nearby. The Star Tribune article has a summary, and you can find the original details by clicking here.
We sorely need policy discussions that lead to practical actions, with clear-eyed recognition of the trade offs.
National Public Radio
A Center for Public Integrity and NPR investigation found drug companies have infiltrated nearly every part of the process that determines how their drugs will be covered by taxpayers: giving free dinners and consulting gigs to many doctors on the obscure committees advising state Medicaid programs; asking speakers who don't disclose their financial ties with drug companies to testify about their drugs; and paying for state Medicaid officials to attend all-inclusive conferences where they can mingle with drug representatives.
More Minnesotans get help paying premiums each month
All Care is Local
You do stories every week about decisions that shape the care Minnesotans get. The big policy discussions may be happening in Washington, D.C., and St. Paul, the reality is all care is local. We’re working to make the far away conversations understandable at home, county by county.
Essentials of Health Policy Sourcebook
Solid background information. The key to using this information in reporting is our first link, All Care is Local. How health policies are implemented vary across the country, and even within states. National sources hold a wealth of information, but often, Minnesota rules, laws and unique approach to health policy mean things are a bit different here.
Association of Health Care Journalists
AHCJ‘s focus is the “quality, accuracy and visibility of health care reporting, writing and editing.” More than 1,500 members help each other cover the beat.
Health Care Costs: A Reporter's Toolkit
An oldie but a goodie, at least when it comes to understanding the basics: Premiums are expensive because care is expensive.
Health News Review
You’ll find tips and tools for analyzing health care claims and a critical review of stories in the media. (Not claims as in medical bills/insurance claims. You’ll get help analyzing what’s said in the news releases in your inbox.)