Minnesotans would be required to carry health insurance under a bill unveiled by a coalition of legislators and chief executives of state insurers, group practices, hospitals and health systems, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic.
The proposal sets a 2011 deadline for universal coverage and won backing from the Minnesota Medical Society. The bill would require insurers to offer basic coverage to all, regardless of health history, and proposes subsidies or tax credits to expand coverage. State-revenue and commerce officials would monitor coverage using tax returns, state records and health-plan enrollment reported by insurers, under the bill.
Healthcare providers and employers would be required to report those without coverage, who would face fines. The bill also calls for pilots to test so-called medical homes, which would be patients’ first point of contact and would coordinate chronic care.