By Allison Bell
Minnesota lawmakers are looking at a bill that calls for the state to prepare for the possibility that Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) provisions affecting Medicaid
The state House Health and Human Services Committee approved the House version of the bill, HF1918
, last week and re-referred the bill to the House House Ways and Means Committee.
HF1918 was introduced by state Rep. Matt Dean, R-Dellwood, Minn., the state House majority leader.
The bill would require state health officials to develop a restructuring plan for MinnesotaCare, the Minnesota Medicaid program, that could guide the state response if the federal government makes major changes in PPACA and other federal law that affect Medicaid.
The text of the bill calls for the state human services commissioner to work with the state health and commerce commissioner to submit a reform plan to the legislature by Dec. 15.
The text states that the plan should provide for continuity of care, minimize loss of health care access, "emphasize personal responsibility"; "provide patients and health care providers with financial incentives to use and deliver health care services efficiently and achieve better health outcome"; and "incorporate innovative and effective health care delivery approaches, including but not limited to approaches based on defined contributions to enrollees and a system of coordinated care delivery models."
State Sen. David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, Minn., has introduced a companion bill, SF2530, in the Senate.
The Senate Health and Human Services Committee has not yet acted on SF2530.
The Minnesota House and Senate are both controlled by Republicans. The governor of Minnesota, Mark Dayton, is a Democrat.
Originally published by National Underwriter Life and Health