The Minnesota Health Reform Caucus

Formed in 2006, the Minnesota Health Reform Caucus is a group of state legislators working together for the Minnesota Health Plan. We are driven by the promise we made to our constituents to find a solution to Minnesota's health care crisis. Some of us campaigned on the principles of the MHP specifically, while others have come on board after realizing that the only path to universal health care is through a solution that covers everyone for their medical needs. Enactment of the Plan is the goal of the caucus. Members might also support other health care reform measures that are consistent with the MHP.

Representative Tina Liebling

Representative Tina Liebling

District 26A

Representative Liebling is the chief author of the MN Health Plan legislation in the House. She serves on the Health and Human Services Policy, Civil Law,
Health and Human Services Finance, and
Taxes committees.

Senator John Marty

District 66

Senator Marty is chief author of the Minnesota Health Plan legislation in the Senate and serves on the Health and Human Services, Judiciary and Public Safety, and Taxes committees.

Our Vision

We recognize that the Minnesota Health Plan is needed to provide comprehensive, affordable, portable and reliable health care for all Minnesotans. We believe that every Minnesotan can have quality health care while cutting costs of our bloated system. In addition, solving our health care crisis will 1) improve the health and quality of life of Minnesotans; 2) keep Minnesotans from being bankrupted by health care costs; 3) stabilize our economy and attract more businesses to Minnesota, which will create more jobs; 4) help small businesses stay competitive; 5) boost research and medical innovations.

In order to fulfill our vision, our health care system must:

(1) ensure all Minnesotans receive high quality health care, regardless of their income;

(2) not restrict, delay, or deny care or reduce the quality of care to hold down costs, but instead reduce costs through prevention, efficiency, and reduction of bureaucracy;

(3) cover all necessary care, including all coverage currently required by law, complete mental health services, chemical dependency treatment, prescription drugs, medical equipment and supplies, dental care, long-term care, and home care services;

(4) allow patients to choose their own providers;

(5) be funded through premiums and other payments based on the person's ability to pay, so as not to deny full access to any Minnesotan;

(6) focus on preventive care and early intervention to improve the health of all Minnesotans and reduce costs from untreated illnesses and diseases;

(7) ensure an adequate number of qualified health care professionals and facilities to guarantee availability of, and timely access to quality care throughout the state;

(8) continue Minnesota's leadership in medical education, training, research, and technology; and

(9) provide adequate and timely payments to providers.

Our Strategy

Members of the caucus work in a coordinated fashion with other legislators, house and senate leadership, the governor and advocates. We are prepared to undertake a long-term goal to enact the MHP by the year 2011.

Our Plan

The Caucus will strategize, educate, advocate and legislate in support of the sustainable solution to Minnesota's health care crisis.

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