Affordable Care Act has unique proving ground in Minnesota PDF Print E-mail


mnsure - choosing health insAccording to Catharine Richert of Minnesota Public Radio, Minnesota is the only state that will implement the "big three" components of health insurance expansion:  1) An expanded Medicaid program,  2) An online insurance marketplace, and 3) A basic health program. 

It's the third component that makes Minnesota unique. Only Minnesota has committed to offering a basic health program, which serves as a safety net for people who have too much income to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford private insurance. It is based on an expansion of Minnesota Care, the state's long-standing subsidized insurance program. Both the amount of care covered and the number of people covered will expand.  The new basic health insurance program will not have a cap of $10,000 on the amount of care that can be received as there is for the current program.  In addition to the 35,000 Minnesotans currently enrolled in Minnesota Care, 112,000 more Minnesotans are expected to enroll in 2014 and in later years a total of 160,000 more.

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MPR's Catharine Richert discusses Minnesota's implementation of the Affordable Care Act







MN's Leading Election System

With Secretary of State Steve Simon


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Listen to Secretary of State Steve Simon's excellent presentation on MN's outstanding election system emulated by many other states at the Think Again Brooklyns forum January 19, 2016.  Secretary Simon includes ways in which it can be improved, and he explains why it is important to vote.  He concludes with a quote from a tee shirt:  "Failure to vote is not an act of rebellion.  It is an act of surrender."

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How Oregon Became the Easiest Place to Vote in the US

By Lornet Turnbull
YES! Magazine
October 8, 2016


In January, Oregon became the first state in the country to begin automatically registering eligible citizens to vote when they obtain or renew their driver's licenses or state IDs, completely shifting the burden of voter registration from the individual to the government. 

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