Know the full story about health plans

  • Article by: JULIE BRUNNER
  • Updated: February 22, 2012 - 7:54 PM

A Star Tribune editorial about state payments misled by omitting context.

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clemmermnFeb. 23, 12 5:29 PM

The health insurance industry's chief lobbyist, Julie Brunner, feels put upon because the Star Tribune calls for proper accounting of the over 6 billion dollars per biennium we give them. She failed to mention that the state used to regulate a limit on the size of "reserves" the health plans were allowed to accumulate but lifted that supervision in 2004. Are we surprised that "Reserves" has subsequently exploded? More generally, we ask simply for independent, third party accounting of our $6 billion and how the health plans spent it. Does Ms. Brunner really think that is too much to ask? Rep. Carolyn Laine will defend a bipartisan bill to do just that on Tuesday (HF2241, Committee on Health and Human Services Reform, 2:30 pm, State Office Building). Let's see if Ms. Brunner and her industry will support this common sense safeguard.

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davehougFeb. 24, 1212:01 PM

My organization, along with our member health plans, supports transparency. Taxpayers, businesses and individuals deserve to know how health care dollars are spent - - clemmermn: Before asking for yet another audit, ask what audits MN already gets. I doubt there is a question MN isn't able to ask.

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