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Workgroup #3: Barriers to Access

Workgroup Lead:
Marilyn Peitso

Commissioner Ed Ehlinger, Sen. Jeff Hayden, Monica Hurtado, Scott Keefer, Rep. Tara Mack, Marilyn Peitso, Sen. Kathy Sheran, and Chris Schneeman

Workgroup coordinator:
Diogo Reis (DHS);

Agency support staff:
Jackie Edison (MNsure); Lindsay McLaughlin (DOC); Ahna Minge (MMB); ThaoMee Xiong (MDH)

Charge to the Workgroup

Barriers to Access

The workgroup will identify opportunities to reduce barriers to accessing quality care that will improve health outcomes in Minnesota. This includes options that address existing financial or structural barriers to care for special or harder to reach populations. Recommendations should include a state fiscal assessment, including any potential costs or savings to the state budget.

  • Financial Barriers: The workgroup will review and assess financial barriers or affordability gaps to accessing care and health insurance coverage, and identify options for addressing such barriers.
  • Structural Barriers: The workgroup will review and assess structural barriers to care, and identify options for addressing such barriers. This includes geographical or cultural barriers to care.

Health Disparities & Triple Aim

The workgroup will describe how their recommendations impact health disparities in Minnesota-including disparities related to one's geographical location, socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, and/or disability-as well their impact on Minnesota's efforts to meet the goals of the Triple Aim (improving patient experience and health outcomes, along with lowering health care costs).


Initial recommendations on financial and structural barriers are due to the Task Force on October 23, 2015. Final Task Force recommendations are due on January 8, 2016.


Workgroup #3 DRAFT Recommendations - 1.4.2016

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