Annual Employer Benefits Survey Now Open!

Open to all employers with employees in Minnesota, The Action Group’s 2019 Annual Employer Benefits Survey is now open! To participate, visit between February 4-March 1, 2019.

Participants are also invited to attend a collaborative results meeting on April 11, 2019.

“When I say, ‘I’m In’ for the Survey, I mean I’m completing it no matter what, and I’m in on employer collaboration,” says Jon Schloemer, director of compensation and benefits for Fleet Farm in his new blog.

If your organization participated in the 2018 Annual Employer Benefits Survey, you should have received a 2019 invitation with a custom link. This link takes you to a version that is pre-populated with your prior responses, making completion faster and easier. If you did not receive the invitation, please check your junk/spam folder. If you are unable to locate it, contact Deb Krause ( for assistance.

For Survey details, including a helpful Q&A, click HERE.

Watch the fun video with important details about this year’s Survey (and find out how you can “Be Like Dan!”).

To access summaries from the 2018 Annual Employer Benefits Survey, click here.

Summit Theme and Early Bird Rates Announced!

The theme for The Action Group’s May, 2, 2019, Annual Employer Leadership Summit is “CHANGE @ THE SPEED OF LIFE: Investing in the Workforce of Tomorrow.”

We will challenge ourselves to think differently, imagining the future of the workplace and the health and benefit needs of an increasingly diverse workforce. 

  • For a description of this futuristic experience, and to see our 2019 sponsors, please click here.
  • View the 2018 Summit photo gallery, presentations and materials here.

Early Bird Registration: January 24-March 15, 2019

    • Member rates: $149 now; $249 after March 15
    • Non-member rates: $299 now; $399 after March 15

This event typically sells out. Register early to secure your spot!

Specialty Drug Employer Playbook: Stabilizing a Broken System

The Playbook summarizes four years of Learning Network and Guiding Coalition work, translating that work into operational objectives.

The Action Group’s Specialty Drug Guiding Coalition recently released the Specialty Drug Employer Playbook, the result of over four years of study.

Slides from the January 16, 2019, Community Dialogue, Driving Transformative Change in the Specialty Drug Marketplace Through Health Policy and Legislative Action, can be found here.

In addition to effective management of specialty drug benefits, purchasers can use the Playbook to amplify their collective voice to drive efficiency and transparency in the marketplace. A disciplined purchasing process also enables employers to ensure shared accountability for change in Minnesota and beyond.


Community Dialogue Maps Path Forward for Mental Health Care in Minnesota; Multi-stakeholder Guiding Coalition Now Forming

The Action Group hosted a Community Dialogue on October 30 for all community stakeholders to examine the current state of mental health care in Minnesota and articulate a path forward for individual and collective action.

A multi-stakeholder Mental Health Guiding Coalition is now forming to unite employers and others in achieving true mental health parity in Minnesota and beyond.

To learn more about the Guiding Coalition, please click here. Click here to view a new blog, “Let’s Make It Happen,” inviting stakeholders to join the Guiding Coalition.

Once available only to Action Group members, Working Well in Minnesota, a purchaser’s guide that offers insights and actions to help Minnesota employers advance mental health efforts in the workplace, is now available without charge to all!




Become a Health Care Changemaker! Join the Action Group Today!

Action Group members know from experience that we accomplish more together than any of us can alone. There is strength in our collective voice and progress through our united action. If you’re involved in purchasing health care, developing employee benefit strategies, delivering health care goods or services, or supporting those who do, membership in the Minnesota Health Action Group is for YOU!

Learn more about membership in The Action Group…click HERE!