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Patsy Riley became the Council interim president and CEO March 4. In 2018, Riley received the Pinnacle Award from the Women’s Health Leadership Trust in recognition of her lifetime achievements in health care in Minnesota. Currently she serves on the board of directors for Lifeworks. Riley’s experiences include executive roles at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Stratis Health and Medica. Early in her career, Riley worked with the Minnesota Coalition on Health, Ebenezer Society and the Minnesota Board on Aging. She was honored by the Business Journal as a Women in Business Award Winner in 2016. She has a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Minnesota, and lives in Wayzata, Minn.
The Minnesota Council of Health Plans announced today its member companies paid $27.7 billion in medical bills for more than 5.5 million people in 2018. Council member insurers help Minnesotans in every county across the state pay for the care they need, no matter how they get their insurance. In aggregate across all ways people […]
It's not often there is good news about the expense of medical care and health insurance premiums. But the Minnesota Council of Health Plans recently received good news. Expenses for the state's reinsurance program that helps pay high medical bills for people who buy their own insurance are about half the amount expected. That means […]
Minnesota Council of Health Plans announced today that Patsy Riley will serve as the organization’s interim president and chief executive officer. Riley steps in for Jim Schowalter, who is leaving the Council at the end of the month after four years as its leader. "We're excited to bring on board a respected industry leader to […]
Significant health insurance proposals by Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz recognize the fact that there is a lot of work to do to help make sure Minnesotans get the care they need now and in the future.
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 […]
The state’s individual health insurance market got even smaller last year, according to a new state report, but the annual rate of decline slowed significantly.
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.
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.)