MN Legislature is on One-Week Break - Here's What's Happened So Far

MN Legislature is on One-Week Break - Here's What's Happened So Far

We've been busy this session. It's tough keeping track of what legislators are doing that could or will impact your health care freedom! There are lots of bills, unexpected amendments, and procedural surprises.

TEN “HIPAA” HARMS

TEN “HIPAA” HARMS

Why Minnesota Legislature Should NOT Adopt Federal HIPAA No-Consent” Rule for Patient Medical Information 

 

Huge Fiscal Cliffs in Obama’s Exchanges

Huge Fiscal Cliffs in Obama’s Exchanges

MNSURE, Minnesota’s Exchange, recently placed a premium calculator online to estimate the cost of Exchange coverage. Middle income families and individuals that choose government exchange coverage will have to think twice before accepting a raise or choosing to work. 

The Exchange is NOT a Marketplace

The Exchange is NOT a Marketplace

The Minnesota healthcare exchange is not a marketplace. It is not, as some have called it, a “one-stop-shopping” place for health insurance or “Travelocity.” The MN Exchange, being built under DFL Governor Mark Dayton’s executive order, and now advancing through legislation, has been called the “Minnesota Insurance Marketplace.” 

Exhibit D - Data Sharing Contract for MN Exchange

Exhibit D - Data Sharing Contract for MN Exchange

The $41 million contract between Maximus, Inc. and the State of Minnesota for the development of an ACA-compliant health insurance exchange includes several exhibits. EXHIBIT D is focused on data-sharing. The data to be shared by the State with the corporation is extensive. Maximus will create an Exchange that allows individual data to be shared with at least five federal agencies through the "federal data services hub."

Dayton's Proposed Government Insurance Exchange

Dayton's Proposed Government Insurance Exchange

Although there is no state legislative authority to create a government health insurance exchange as prescribed by Obamacare, the administration of Governor Mark Dayton is pushing forward using federal dollars to design and develop it. During the public comment (open mike) period of the first meeting of the MN Health Insurance Exchange Advisory Task Force, the Commissioner of Commerce refused to give CCHF's president a "yes" or "no" answer to her question about legislative authority.

Seven Reasons to Vote NO on Health Insurance Exchange

Seven Reasons to Vote NO on Health Insurance Exchange

The 2011 Minnesota House GOP proposes passing the Obamacare Health Insurance Exchange into law. This  CCHF document provides the legislature with seven reasons to say "no."

Record Locator Service (RLS) Diagram

Record Locator Service (RLS) Diagram

The Record Locator Service is part of a Health Information Exchange. When a patient's medical records are requested, the RLS moves out onto the network to find all medical records of that individual. Some states have patient consent requirements. Other states have none.

Will Task Force Appointees Support Obamacare or Freedom?

A critical review and analysis of Governor Pawlenty's appointees to the Minnesota Health Care Reform Task Force. Quotes and positions are charted in a matrix.

Citizens Protest MN Health Department's Medical Records Grab

Minnesota citizens filled a meeting room front to back at the Minnesota Department of Health to provide input and comment on the Department’s plan to claim ownership of private medical records data, send the data to a data warehouse in Maine, and use the data rank physicians and hospitals according to the Department’s definition of “quality.” Insurers will then be required by law to steer patients to only those providers who rank as “high quality, low cost.”