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12 Lunch Hours to Master the Affordable Care Act Discussion Series

Hour 1: What Exactly IS the Affordable Care Act? Thursday, September 27, 2012
Lauren Gilchrest, Special Advisor to Governor Mark Dayton on Health Reform
The first hour of the series provides an overview of the major elements of the Affordable Care Act and highlights opportunities to make health insurance more accessible and affordable for those struggling in the current system.
Handout: Powerpoint presentation (PDF)

Hour 2: Creating the Next Generation of MinnesotaCare, Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Stacie Weeks, Legal Services Advocacy Project; and Christina Wessel, Minnesota Budget Project
MinnesotaCare – a critical source of health insurance for many working Minnesotans – is at risk of disappearing after implementation of the Affordable Care Act. But we can keep MinnesotaCare, and make it better! Find out how the Basic Health Plan option can help us create MinnesotaCare 2.0.
Handouts: Powerpoint presentation (PDF); The Basic Health Plan: The Next Generation of MinnesotaCare (PDF); The Future of MinnesotaCare in 2014 (PDF)

Hour 3: Eliminating Health Disparities, Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Alfred Babington-Johnson, Stairstep Foundation; and Phillip Cryan, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota
While Minnesota faces some of the worst racial health disparities in the nation, the ACA creates an opportunity to improve health equity in the state. This hour looks at specific recommendations for how Minnesota can use the health insurance exchange to reverse the trend.
Handouts: What Can the Insurance Exchange Do To Tackle Health Disparities? (PDF); Policy Levers for Addressing Health Disparities through the Exchange (PDF)

Hour 4: Fair Financing for the Exchange, Thursday, October 18, 2012
Elaine Cunningham, Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota
Minnesota will need to find a way to fund the state’s health insurance exchange. This hour examines the options, focusing on a fair and sustainable way to fund this critical element of making affordable, quality health insurance available to Minnesotans.
Handouts: Powerpoint Presentation (PDF); Finance Work Group Funding Options Preliminary Report (PDF); Funding Options Chart (PDF)

Hour 5: Rethinking How We Pay for Health Care, Thursday, October 25, 2012
John Tschida, Courage Center
Successfully reforming our health care system means going deeper than just increasing coverage - it also means taking a hard look at how we deliver and pay for health care. This hour looks at payment reform and how emerging payment models are creating new incentives for providers to improve health outcomes - especially for those participating in public programs.
Handout: Powerpoint Presentation (PDF)

Hour 6: Creating a Consumer-Friendly Exchange, Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Phillip Cryan and Anna Odegaard, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota
Minnesota is creating a state-based exchange where people can shop for and purchase health insurance. How do we ensure the exchange will act in the best interest of consumers? This hour looks at important issues like minimizing conflict of interest and creating an exchange that can actively work to improve health care options for users.
Handout: Powerpoint Presentation (PDF)

Hour 7: Catching Those Who Slip Through the Cracks, Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Jonathan Watson, Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers
The ACA creates new opportunities to provide health insurance for the uninsured and underinsured, but there are many people who could slip through the cracks. This hour looks at populations that aren’t required to get health insurance – and how Minnesota can make sure they will receive the health care they need.
Handout: Powerpoint Presentation (PDF)

Hour 8: Encouraging Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance, November 15, 2012
Christina Wessel, Minnesota Budget Project
The ACA creates new opportunities for small employers to offer health insurance, as well as new expectations for larger employers. This hour considers how these opportunities and expectations will impact Minnesota's nonprofit employers.
Handout: Powerpoint Presentation (PDF)

Hour 9: Meeting the Needs of the Disability Community, Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Anne Henry, Minnesota Disability Law Center
Minnesotans with disabilities have a strong interest in ensuring that health care reform improves access to affordable and adequate coverage. This hour highlights the impact of the ACA on the disability community in Minnesota, and issues of interest for disability advocates and caregivers. 
Handout: Powerpoint Presentation (PDF)

Hour 10: Expanding Medicaid in Minnesota, Thursday, December 6, 2012

Stacie Weeks, Legal Services Advocacy Project; and Christina Wessel, Minnesota Budget Project
The June Supreme Court ruling on the ACA surprised many by making it optional for states to expand Medicaid coverage. This hour considers what is at stake – for tens of thousands of very low-income individuals AND for the state budget – if Minnesota fails to move forward with expansion. 
Handouts: Powerpoint Presentation (PDF); Covering More Minnesotans Through Medicaid Would Improve Health Outcomes and Reduce State Costs

Hour 11: Ensuring a Consumer-Friendly Experience, Thursday, December 13, 2012
Liz Doyle, TakeAction Minnesota
The ACA makes significant changes in how people get health insurance – so how do we make sure that those who really need coverage succeed in the new system? This hour looks at the importance of creating a strong navigator system and crafting an outreach program that successfully reaches the uninsured.
Handout: Powerpoint Presentation (PDF)

Hour 12: Moving Forward on Mental Health, Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Sue Abderholden, NAMI Minnesota
Minnesota has made great strides in ensuring access to mental health benefits. Under the ACA, we can make decisions to continue that progress, or risk losing the ground we’ve gained. This hour looks at how we can take advantage of this opportunity to improve mental health care for all.
Handout: Powerpoint Presentation (PDF)

Any questions: Contact Christina Wessel, Minnesota Budget Project deputy director, at or 651-642-1904.


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