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Minnesota's Roadmap to Better Health and Lower Costs

cindy-pic.jpg"Looking forward, Minnesota has the opportunity to stay at the forefront of health care innovation—by developing a Minnesota-made  exchange, helping Minnesotans to stay healthy, and keeping our commitment to slowing health care costs."

- By Lucinda Jesson, Commissioner of Human Services

Minnesota has always been a national leader in health care.  Our vision for health reform builds on this legacy to strive for even better care at lower cost.  In 2008, we passed state reforms that put us on the path to greater health and savings.  And this year we have taken new decisive steps to rein in costs—with competitive bidding for Medicaid contracts, better review of private insurance rates, prevention initiatives and incentives for high-value health care. 

Looking forward, Minnesota has the opportunity to stay at the forefront of health care innovation—by developing a Minnesota-made  exchange, helping Minnesotans to stay healthy, and keeping our commitment to slowing health care costs.  The good news is that when we bring down health care costs, we free up dollars for businesses to hire and put Minnesotans back to work.   And when we help Minnesota workers to be healthy--kicking tobacco, eating healthier and moving more—they’re more productive.   And the same goes for kids: when they’re healthy, they do better in school and thrive in the future.   It’s also critical that we do everything we can to support older Minnesotans and to encourage all of us to plan for future health care needs.  Putting this all together, our vision for health reform is better state of health for workers, families, kids, and older Minnesotans.  

In order to keep Minnesota’s position as a health care leader and on the path to better health, the Governor has brought together the best minds in the state for his Health Care Reform Task Force.  The Task Force will seek your input to create and implement Minnesota’s Roadmap to Better Health and Lower Costs for workers, families and businesses so All Minnesotans can have a voice in these decisions.

The Roadmap will build on Minnesota’s tradition of better health ad health care, focusing on three main goals:  

  • Better health care 

  • Lower costs

  • Healthier communities

The Task Force will work across the state—in cities and small towns-- to hear directly from the people of Minnesota.  We’ll be listening to parents, caregivers, older Minnesotans, nurses, and doctors.  This public input, along with expertise from organizations like Mayo Clinic, Wilder Foundation, and the Minnesota Nurses Association will make sure that Minnesotans’ priorities are heard at the capitol.  We look forward to working with you for a better state of health.