GMHCC Annual Meeting Will Focus On CBP
The Greater Minnesota Health Care Coalition (GMHCC), of which Seven County is a founding member, will continue to focus their attention on County Based Purchasing (CBP) of healthcare.
Special guest speakers and panelists will be on hand for the October 12th Annual Meeting of GMHCC members.
Panelists for the event will include Michael Scandrett, who will be able to report on the Association of Minnesota Counties position on CBP, and also on hand will be Jim Przybilla the CEO of Prime West Health.
Almost 1/3 of all Minnesota counties now participate in some type of county based purchasing of healthcare, saving their taxpayers a good deal of money while delivering better healthcare access to the participants who are enrolled.
Until recently, those who were eligible for healthcare services were those enrolled in MNCare or in the GAMC or Medical Assistance programs in Minnesota.
That may be changing as one of the current CBP groups, PrimeWest Health, will be able to expand its program to cover even more people as it prepares to launch their Values Health program. This new program is modeled with the same basic county based purchasing of healthcare and relies on partnerships with thirteen (13) county units of government along with dozens of healthcare service providers. A number of school districts in the region are also part of the initial partner group that will be eligible for services.
The target group to be served is individuals who make just a bit too much to qualify for state subsidized programs, but also don’t earn enough to be able to afford private coverage on their own.
The financing will be done through a “multi-share” model utilizing individuals, employers, community and state or federal government funds. Persons in the program will contribute to the cost of their health care by means of a sliding fee scale based on their income. Likewise, employer’s contribution will be on a sliding fee scale based on the size an financial position of the company.
Participating employers’ financial contribution also will be on a sliding fee scale based on the size and audited financial position of the company.
The state and/or federal portion would come through funds available for advancing health care reform and health care coverage for all residents.