The reinsurance program, launched in 2017, uses a combination of state and federal funds to offset health insurer costs for covering plan participants with high medical bills. It has been credited with helping lower premium prices for the roughly 155,000 residents who buy insurance on their own.
“Reinsurance works,” Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa, said in a statement. “It has been effective in stabilizing the market and proven to be cost-effective for the state.”
Extending the reinsurance program for three years would not require any additional state funding at this time because an existing pot of money for reinsurance approved by legislators has not been fully spent. Federal funds for the program are also expected to continue through 2022. Supporters say that without action, affected consumers would see a spike in their premiums.
But Democrats opposing the bill say there are better ways to tackle health care costs. Gov. Tim Walz said he has concerns with extending what he called a stopgap effort. The Democrat, who is pushing for his own plan to offer subsidies to lower costs for Minnesotans using the individual market, questioned whether insurers have done enough to contain costs themselves and cautioned against giving the health plans a blank check. (more…)
HF 2152, an assisted-suicide bill was introduced in Minnesota on Thursday, March 8th. After a brief analysis, the Minnesota Catholic Conference presents the following review: (more…)
The Minnesota Catholic Conference, together with the six dioceses, will host a gathering of potentially 2,000+ Minnesota Catholics on February 19, 2019 for a day of prayer, inspiration, education, and advocacy. The program at the River Centre in St. Paul will include presentations by actor Jim Caviezel, Archbishop Charles Chaput and Gloria Purvis, along with music from Danielle Rose. (more…)
“The Catholic Health Association is very disappointed in the recent Texas federal district court decision on the Affordable Care Act. We profoundly disagree with it from a legal perspective. It is un-American and immoral to be aggressively seeking to take health insurance from the over 20 million people who have finally received coverage through the ACA. (more…)
Fifteen senior care communities in the Benedictine Health System, a leading faith-based provider of quality senior care and living services in the Midwest, received the top high performing recognition in overall quality in the nursing home category and/or in the new category of overall quality of short-stay rehabilitation, as noted in the recently released 2018-2019 U.S. News and World Report “Best Nursing Homes” report. (more…)
Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, to retire as president and chief executive officer of the Catholic Health Association of the United State
Sr. Carol Keehan, an influential voice for increasing health care access for all and a lifetime advocate for the poor, today announced her retirement as president and chief executive officer of the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA) effective June 30, 2019. Sr. Carol is the ninth president and CEO of CHA, the largest group of nonprofit health care providers in the nation, serving in the role since 2005. (more…)
A six-year-long effort culminated Monday in an email that arrived in Jim Garvey’s inbox.
That’s how Garvey, administrator of Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center, learned that St. Mary’s had become the fifth hospital in Minnesota designated as a Level I trauma center. (more…)
Congratulations to Barb Wessberg, CEO of Benedictine Living Community of Duluth, who was honored by Minnesota Association of Healthcare Volunteers as recipient of Outstanding Senior Leadership Award.
There was a time — several months after J.J. Hanson was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, but several years before he died from it — when, he once said, he might have considered ending it all.