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The ability to afford health care shouldn't depend on someone's paycheck or address. Our state has a history of investing in health care, healthy communities, and the well-being of Minnesotans. That's paid off in strong rates of health care coverage. But there's more to do, including dismantling barriers to living health lives that many people of color and people in rural areas face.

Our health care work focuses on the effects of state and federal health care policies on Minnesotans' ability to live healthy lives and get the care they need to thrive.

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August 2013

MNsure: A new world of opportunities for affordable health insurance starts in 2014

Starting January 1, 2014, Minnesotans will experience a new world of health insurance options, thanks to the state’s new insurance exchange, MNsure. MNsure is an online marketplace where individuals and small employers will be able to shop for, compare and enroll in insurance. Although two-thirds of Minnesotans will continue to get health insurance directly through their employers, nearly 1.3 million Minnesotans are expected to use MNsure to find private or public health insurance.

January 2013

The Basic Health Plan option: Creating the next generation of MinnesotaCare

Minnesota has a proud history of making affordable health care coverage available to low-income working families. However, Minnesota is at risk of losing one of our greatest legacies – MinnesotaCare. Over the last 20 years, this signature achievement has allowed hundreds of thousands of working Minnesotans to purchase affordable insurance for themselves and their families.

January 2013

Covering more Minnesotans through Medicaid would improve health outcomes and reduce state costs

More than 87,000 Minnesotans would gain access to affordable health insurance and the state would save millions of dollars if lawmakers do the right thing and expand Medicaid during the 2013 Legislative Session. Providing health care to more Americans through Medicaid is a key component of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA), which is already helping thousands of Minnesotans stay healthy by improving access to affordable health insurance. Federal funds would cover nearly the entire cost of the Medicaid expansion for the first three years. That’s a good bargain for the state and for Minnesotans with private insurance who now shoulder much of the cost of caring for patients without insurance through higher premiums.

April 2012

Poverty rises, median income falls, and more Minnesotans go without health insurance in 2010

The United States has weathered two recessions in the last decade, and the financial turmoil has taken its toll on the...

Health Care Blog Posts

September 10, 2019

New Census data shows some positive trends, but not everyone benefits

The Census Bureau released new data today showing a 0.5 percent reduction in national poverty rates, making 2018 the...

June 19, 2019

Critical funding for health care preserved but small gains in support for families

Overall, the final HHS budget agreement is a mixed bag for Minnesotans.

May 15, 2019

New data tool allows everyone to find local data about impact of health care, provider tax

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) rolled out powerful new web-based tools chock-full of data about health...

May 06, 2019

Real people, real communities: Why maintaining the provider tax is so important

It’s hard to avoid news about the health care provider tax if you follow politics in Minnesota. Our state’s provider tax...

Our Health Care Policy Work

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Preserving critical health care funding

Keeping Minnesota’s health care provider tax in place is a key to a healthy Minnesota. The Minnesota Budget Project worked hard alongside others to preserve this critical source of funding by repealing the scheduled sunset of the provider tax during the 2019 Legislative Session. The health care provider tax was permanently extended as part of the budget agreement reached by Governor Tim Walz and the Minnesota Legislature. However, the provider tax rate was reduced from 2 percent to 1.8 percent.

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