Minnesota Engagement

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.”

RE: CCHF Letter Opposing MN Collection of Patient Medical Records

Unless the Administrative Law Judge chooses otherwise, the Minnesota public will be at the mercy of the Health Department's warehousing, data-mining, tracking, research and health care rationing agendas. Their private data will be warehoused in the State of Maine and placed online. They won't have had a choice—or a voice.

"Genetic Information in Minnesota" - Dept of Admin Report

MN Health Dept Comments on State's Genetic Info Report

Specifically, a Tennessen Warning requirement [to tell individual how their data would be used by the Dept., whether they have to provide it, etc.] would not be workable for the reporting of communicable diseases or related specimens or for the collection of many other types of public health data or specimens. There may be other privacy protections or some sort of modified Tennessen Warning, but they would have to be tailored to balance MDH's responsibility to protect public health with the individual's privacy. The goal would be to maximize public health protections while minimizing any intrusion on personal privacy.

Attorney's Minority Report to MN Genetic Info Report

CCHF Letter to Gov. Pawlenty Opposing Government-Issued Treatment Protocols

After our delivery in May 2004, citizen petitions continued to arrive at our office. We include these because we believe they were not part of the petitions you received last year. And like those delivered last year, we have placed them in a red binder.

Letter to MN Senators - "Seven Concerns"

The Minnesota legislature should not authorize the establishment of a medical decision-making bureaucracy in state government. We believe this legislation is a giant step toward state-approved health care rationing and government control of the practice of medicine. These proposals violate the rights of citizens and patients, interfere in the patient-doctor relationship, and are inconsistent with a free society.

Public Opposes State Collection of Private Medical Information

We gathered and in this report published the many public comments received by the Minnesota Department of Health's August 19, 2002 proposed rule to require most hospitals and health insurers to collect and electronically transmit individually-identifiable medical record data to the Department without patient consent: Proposed Permanent Rule Regarding Administrative Billing Data, Minnesota Rules, chapter 4653. The public was not pleased. The comments forced a public hearing.

"Distribution, Utilization, and Impact of the MinnesotaCare Provider Tax"

Taxing the Sick:  MinnesotaCare provider tax revenues have provided 78 percent, or $749.5 million, of the $960.4 million collected in the Health Care Access Fund since 1993. Health care providers have paid 51 percent of all provider taxes collected while payments from hospitals account for 33 percent. Of the $825.7 million collected in tax revenue, which includes a portion of cigarette taxes in 1992 and 1993, HMOs paid only $46.5 million through the gross premiums tax -- a total of 5.65 percent.