CDC's Model State Emergency Health Powers Act Goes Too Far

To combat bioterrorism, federal health officials have proposed that state legislators give state health officials new powers over citizens. The powers proposed in the Model State Emergency Health Powers Act would be broad and sweeping, forcing citizens to submit to physical examinations, tests, quarantine and vaccinations against their will.

Minnesota Loses Another Health Insurance Option -- World Insurance Drops Out of State citing Regulatory Environment

Another sign that health insurance options for Minnesota consumers are increasingly limited to HMOs has just surfaced in a letter to insurance agents. World Insurance has just notified their Minnesota agents by mail that the company will no longer write insurance in Minnesota.

MN Legislature May Unwittingly Help HMOs Cut Their Financial Obligations for Patient Care

According to Citizens' Council on Health Care (CCHC), Minnesota legislators want health plans to cut payments to providers if the MinnesotaCare provider tax is repealed. However, in a detailed report published by CCHC last year, CCHC found no evidence that health plan payments to providers between 1993 and 1999 ever included the provider tax.

Provider tax plan ill-advised, says CCHC

Because the HMO tax is passed on directly to small businesses, the business community has pressured the Ventura administration to eliminate this tax burden which has added to the rapidly rising cost of health insurance premiums. As a result of lobbying, the HMO tax was suspended in 1999 and no revenue was collected in 2000.

MinnesotaCare provider tax report reveals tax burden on patients; diversion of funds

"Our research finds that people who support the tax, and those who pay the tax, want the money to be used solely for the MinnesotaCare program&emdash;to insure the uninsured and to reimburse those who care for them," Brase explained. "We believe the public will be surprised by how few dollars have gone into the MinnesotaCare program and how many have been diverted to the General Fund or stashed away for a 'rainy day.'"

Health Policy Group Alarmed that Nevada Legislation Poised to Track "Defective" Kids May be Start of National Database