Become a Guest Blogger on Our New Website!

It seems like everyone has a blog these days. But the truth is, I’ve always found the thought of having my own somewhat overwhelming. Thus, the shared blog. Just as The Minnesota Health Action Group represents the collective voice of its members, this blog is open to members who want to use this space to share opinions, best practices, and thoughts about breaking health care news. Your contributions are encouraged – and I can even promise a byline!

Today, I have two big things on my mind: The launch of our brand-new website, and how employers are reacting to the health care reform tumult.

More than just a website

Following over two years of research (many thanks to those of you who were interview and survey subjects), we learned that the number one benefit our members want is more opportunities to learn from and network with their peers.

By offering you this intuitive, trusted website, you can learn how your colleagues and The Minnesota Health Action Group are addressing dicey issues such as cost pressures; unhealthy employee behaviors; legislative burdens; ineffective, confusing, expensive care systems; vendor performance, and more.

The site will be updated weekly, and continuously evolving. I hope you will not only bookmark it and return often, but that you will also contribute your thoughts and ideas by sending them to Sue Jesseman (sjesseman@mnhealthactiongroup.org).

What the Action Group’s employer benchmarking survey says about Health Care Reform

Each year, the Minnesota Health Action Group gathers information about competitive practices, trends, and future strategies through its exclusive MN-only employer benchmarking survey.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires employers of all sizes to provide a notice of the availability of health insurance exchanges by October 1, 2013, for current employees, or within 14 days of an employee’s start date for employees hired after that date. For a copy of the model notice visit:
www.dol.gov/ebsa/pdf/FLSAwithplans.pdf.

Of particular note this year were responses related to health care reform. When asked whether they will walk away from health care and discontinue their employee benefit plan because they will soon have additional options through the private and public exchanges, employers say they will continue to offer health benefits. They will, however, carefully manage benefit decisions to ensure compliance with health reform legislative changes and associated costs.

It’s no surprise that employers are frustrated by the lack of guidance regarding some of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act and the number of resources they are using to implement those provisions. In preparation for anticipated 2015 requirements, most employers are taking action now to manage their plan costs so they will not trigger the proposed excise tax on “Cadillac” plans in 2018.

As a friend of mine likes to say about health care reform, “Some issues are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and very well informed just to be confused.”

More details about this year’s survey findings can be found in the July issue of our “Ahead of the Curve” newsletter.

Watch this space for more health care reform updates! Or, better yet, contribute your thoughts in blog form, and send to: sjesseman@mnhealthcareactiongroup.org.

3 thoughts on “Become a Guest Blogger on Our New Website!

  1. Dr. Halland Chen

    Good afternoon!

    I just wanted to introduce myself to you, My name is Dr. Halland Chen, and I am MD that practices in NYC. I’m sure you get a ton of spam sent to this email address so I’ll get straight to the point – I’d love to become a contributor or submit a guest post on your site.

    After reading some of the articles on your site I think that my experience working with pregnant women before and after childbirth at my vein clinic would bring something new to your site. I was thinking of writing a blog about one of the following topics:

    1. Exercising While Pregnant: The Risks and Rewards
    2. Pros and Cons Of Drinking While Pregnant
    3.Simple Exercises To Keep Blood Flowing While Pregnant to Avoid Swelling

    If you’re still accepting posts or looking for contributors, please let me know if you like any of these topics and I can put together a draft for your approval.

    Reply
    1. healthaction Post author

      Thank you for the email you sent through the MN Health Action Group website. It sounds like your content ideas are geared toward patients. We are an employer coalition, so our content is geared toward HR and benefits professionals.

      Reply

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