A next-generation model for MinnesotaCare

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 24, 2013 - 7:48 PM

Pioneering program will be strengthened under health reform.

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crystalbayMay. 25, 1311:00 AM

As a mental health care provider, MNCare's 2% tax on all health care providers has been roundly criticized. Twenty two years ago, "seed money" for this low-income insurance was supposed to only last two years. Two decades later, all health care providers are still paying this tax. What it truly inequitable about it, however, is that the tax is supposed to be on GROSS income, effectively ballooning it to about 10% of net income. In other words, 2% before FICA, state, and federal taxes are deducted results in as much as 10% of health provider's net income each year. Some view this as double-taxation since they're paying the 2% tax on the inflated, pre-tax income. Most health care providers pass this tax bite onto consumers, so they, too, are indirectly paying the additional cost.

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crystalbayMay. 25, 13 2:22 PM

"- Since when are social workers mental health care providers? "............Your ignorance and your bias are stunning. "Since when", you ask? Well, since clinical social workers licensed at the highest level have been performing nearly 70% of all counseling done in the state of Minnesota for several decades. That's "since when". Given that I didn't even mention the actual area of the field I've been practicing in for 30 years, it's pretty obvious that your ridiculous comments are coming from a plague on these boards under one of dozens of aliases. I could flag you for "Personal attack", but I won't bother.

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