It looks like two doctors from southeast Minnesota will be play a key role in helping establish new guidelines for how Minnesota pays for and delivers health care.
Mayo Clinic's Dr. Doug Wood and University of Minnesota professor Dr. Therese Zink of Zumbrota have both been appointed to the 17-member Minnesota Health Care Reform Task Force. Dayton has charged the committee with three goals:
1. Improve access to health care for all Minnesotans.
2. Lower health care costs by reforming how we pay for health care and changing the incentives, so we reward healthy out comes and not sickness.
3. Improve the health of all Minnesotans and address the huge disparities that plague our state.
"Health care costs are rising at unsustainable rate, undermining the budgets of Minnesota families, businesses, and our state and federal government budgets. The status quo is not good enough; we need to find new ways to delivering better quality health care at a lower price. The mission of this task force is to provide recommendations about how we best can accomplish this," Dayton said in a statement.
The Minnesota Department of Commerce also annouced today it is forming the Minnesota Health Insurance Exhange. That group is charged with establishing a state health insurance exchange that complies with the federal health care overhaul.
Last month, some Republican lawmakers criticized the governor for using a $4 million grant to help set up the exchange. They question whether the governor has the power to spent the money without explicit legislative approval. Dayton administration officials say the governor followed the rules by included the funding in his formal budget proposal. No lawmakers objected to it within the 20-day time period for objections to be filed.