The MDA would like to make you aware of a legislative topic that has been in the news of late and that we believe should be of interest to the practicing dental community. You may have seen newspaper articles or TV news reports regarding this topic.
The topic is often referred to as health plan transparency or health plan accountability. It relates to the fact that the health plans that contract with the state to provide health care services to Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare patients have made more money from public programs and public funding than from their commercial business. Recently, UCare voluntarily decided to return $30 million to the state from its public program reserves, an action which shows that there are obvious problems with how these programs are overseen by the state and managed by the plans.
In addition, the state is seen by many as having inadequate oversight of the dollars it pays to the health plans and that the state health programs are costing taxpayers much more than is necessary.
There are many bills at the Capitol that have been introduced to address this issue. Exactly which of the many bills will be heard and when is not yet known. But, the MDA wishes you to know that we support legislation to address the lack of health plan accountability for public health programs and we encourage you to contact your local legislators to encourage them to support such legislation.
Here are a few of the ideas included in various bills that the MDA supports:
We will keep you posted as we learn more about legislative action related to health plan accountability.