By: John Tyler, Eden Prairie
Genuine innovation in health insurance an health care reform is desperately needed in Minnesota, and GOP Sen. David Hann, who chairs the Senate Health Policy Committee and Finance Committee, is providing that leadership. Hann authored the first of its kind legislation to reduce the sots and enhance coverage for the MinnesotaCare Adults Without Children population with incomes between 200 percent and 250 percent of federal poverty. This legislation called the Healthy Minnesota Defined Contribution plan addresses cost, quality, access and portability for this population, and recognized these four features must all be present in all health-care reform if it is indeed to be real reform
Hann authored the Health Care Compact Legislation which would have allowed for multiple states to allow the purchase of individual and group health insurance across state lines to enhance competition in the participating states, without giving up state oversight of local markets.
Hann authored the unified Premium Account legislation to help address the problem of people working multiple part-time jobs but not having access to employer-funding group coverage. By introducing the concept of “defined contribution,” employers may contribute dollars to a single account that accepts dollars form multiple sources, making it possible for part-time workers to purchase affordable quality, private an portable health insurance coverage.
Health-care reform that enhances all aspects of care and coverage is complicated, detailed work, but Sen. David Hann is making huge contributions in this challenging area.
This letter was published in the Eden Prairie News.