Do the Right Thing: Minnesota's HealthRight Program
Caplan, Arthur L.
Ogren, Paul A.
Hastings Center Report. 1992 Sep-Oct; 22(5): 4-5.
The most recent effort to effect health care reform is occurring in Minnesota. On 21 April 1992 the governor signed into law a health care reform plan called HealthRight. This complex legislation (185 pages, single-spaced!), adopted with broad public and bipartisan support, represents a novel approach to the twin problems of skyrocketing costs and inadequate access. Unlike Massachusetts, the Minnesota plan does not mandate coverage or require small business to foot the bill for health insurance. Unlike Oregon, HealthRight does not explicitly ration care for the poor to expand access. Instead the Minnesota plan seeks to increase access by implementing a number of structural and institutional reforms to contain costs.
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Caplan, Arthur L.; Priester, Reinhard (1992-09)Minnesota's recently enacted HealthRight legislation places the state at the forefront of American health reform. How did the state manage to overcome the policy gridlock in evidence in other states and at the national level? ...