|Senate Counsel & Research||State of Minnesota|
|S.F. No. 102 - Universal Health Care|
|Author:||Senator John Marty|
|Prepared by:||Katie Cavanor, Senate Counsel (651/296-3801)|
|Date:||March 5, 2007|
Section 1 states legislative findings.
Section 2 (144.7055) establishes a proposal for a universal health care system.
Subdivision 1 requires the Commissioner of Health to establish a working group to design a universal health care system to take effect in January 2010. States that the working group shall include medical providers, patients, and representatives of employers and employees.
Subdivision 2 states that the proposal must:
(1) ensure that all Minnesotans receive high quality health care regardless of income;
(2) allow patients the ability to choose their own providers;
(3) not restrict or deny care or reduce the quality of care to hold down costs;
(4) provide comprehensive benefits;
(5) be funded through premiums and other payments based on the citizen's ability to pay;
(6) focus on preventive care and early intervention;
(7) ensure an adequate number of qualified health care professionals and facilities to guarantee timely access to quality care;
(8) continue promoting medical education, training, research, and technology; and
(9) provide adequate and timely payments to providers.
Section 3 provides an effective date of the day following final enactment.
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