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Health Care Reform:
How to Build on the Minnesota Model

For generations, Minnesota has championed true public-private solutions to challenges that affect our state’s health care system. This approach, praised nationally as the “Minnesota Model”, merges private sector innovation and strong public policy in order to make health care as efficient and effective as possible for the greatest number of people.

In the spirit of this strong tradition of collaboration, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and the Humphrey School's Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota are convening a series of public forums on how best to implement health care reform at the state level. By fostering discussions among local policy makers, stakeholders, and citizens, these meetings will explore today’s fiscal and demographic challenges and examine opportunities for ensuring Minnesota’s legacy as a leader in individual and community health.

Past Forums

Health Care Reform: The Unfinished Agenda

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Health reform inched along in Minnesota during 2012 -- steps were taken toward lowering costs, introducing new forms of medical practice, and expanding access. But much remained unfinished as federal deadlines rapidly approach. What is the unfinished agenda of greatest importance? How can Minnesota move forward? These questions will be taken up by a diverse set of experts and prominent government officials.

Panelists include Phillip Cryan, SEIU, Rep. Steve Gottwalt (GOP), Kate Johansen, MN Chamber of Commerce, Scott Keefer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, Jan Malcolm, Courage Center, and Rep. Erin Murphy (DFL). The panels will be moderated by Professor Larry Jacobs and Dave Hage, Star Tribune.

Watch the video: Part 1 & Part 2

The Supreme Court and Health Reform

Monday, July 9, 2012
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

The Supreme Court and Health Reform, the sixth forum in our series, will examine the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act and and identify its implications for the future of health reform. How will key stakeholders react? What are reasonable policy responses by Democrats and Republicans in Washington and Minnesota? Will the Court's decision improve or harm efforts to expand access and control costs?

Panelists include Scott Keefer, Vice President of Public Policy and Legislative Affairs, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, Mila Kofman, Research Professor and Project Director, Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, and Andrew McKechnie, Partner, Peck, Madigan, Jones & Stewart, Inc.

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Health for All

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The fifth forum in the series, Health For All, will focus on community health and the challenge to improve the quality of health care even while expanding access to medical care and lowering costs. Obtaining greater value for our health care dollars will require opportunities for communities to improve their overall health and for individuals to take greater responsibility for their life styles and behaviors. The event will include two panel discussions, one focusing on implications for community health and the other on implications for individuals.

Panelists include Cara McNulty, Senior Manager of Medical Affairs at Target Corporation, Deanna Mills, Executive Director of Community-University Health Care Center, David Lansky, President and CEO of Pacific Business Group on Health, and Jon Schloemer, Benefits Administrator for Mills Companies.

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Navigating the Affordable Care Act: Opportunities and Challenges with Karen Ignagni

Thursday, April 5, 2012
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

The fourth forum will feature a conversation with Karen Ignagni. Ms. Ignagni's talk will focus on what health insurers are doing to implement the new reform law, including structural changes in the health insurance system and innovations in the insurance markets. Her talk will be followed by a reaction panel with local stakeholders. To RSVP please click here.

Ms. Ignagni, President and Chief Executive Officer of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), is the voice of health insurance plans, representing members that provide health care, long-term care, dental and disability benefits to more than 200 million Americans. Ms. Ignagni regularly testifies before Congress on key federal legislation. In recent years, she has appeared before Senate and House committees on matters ranging from health insurance plans’ role in homeland security to Medicare reform to patient protection issues and access to health care coverage issues. Prior to 1993, Ms. Ignagni directed the AFL-CIO’s Department of Employee Benefits. In the 1980s, she was a Professional Staff Member on the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee, preceded by work at the Committee for National Health Insurance and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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State Laboratories Shaping Their Own Futures
with Joel Ario

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

The third forum will feature a conversation with Joel Ario about state progress implementing reform and will be followed by a reaction panel with Commissioner Mike Rothman, Rep. Steve Gottwalt and Rep. Thomas Huntley

Mr. Ario is a national expert on the implementation of health care reform, having worked as the Exchange Director in the Obama administration and as Insurance Commissioner in Pennsylvania and Oregon. Ario, currently a consultant for a number of states with both Democratic and Republican Governors and the National Governors Association, will discuss state progress on implementing reform.

Watch the video: Part 1 & Part 2

Minnesota Health Care Reform Town Hall

Thursday, March 8, 2012
8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Leaders from the Dayton Administration, Minnesota State Legislature, and stakeholder communities will discuss the status of health care reform in Minnesota.

Watch the video: Part 1 & Part 2

Health Care Reform:
Preserving a Strong Role for the States

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012
1:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Former Secretary of Health and Human Services and Governor of Utah, Michael O. Leavitt will discuss the importance of states moving forward with health reform, whether supportive of the law or not, in order to preserve the right to implement the law in a manner that reflects the state’s values and marketplace.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, a non-profit health company, is dedicated to engaging people from all communities and sharing ideas about how to create a healthy future for all Minnesotans.
Center for the Study of Politics and Governance The Center for the Study of Politics and Governance develops practical, independent, and non-partisan solutions to pressing political and policy challenges. CSPG brings together three critical components of public governance today: objective high quality analysis, publicly visible forums, and civic engagement.



Spring and Summer 2012


Cowles Auditorium
301 19th Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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