Taking Action Express: Health and Wellness Survey Results are in!

May 20, 2014

John Faustgen (L) of Land O’Lakes won our random prize drawing at Friday’s member meeting, pictured here with Dave Dickey of Second Story Sales Company. Congratulations to John, and to Norma Streich from Schwan’s who received a prize for being the first to complete the survey.

The Weekly Buzz: The Action Group’s 2014 Health and Wellness Survey Results are in!

Nearly all members who participated in this year’s Minnesota Health Action Group Annual Employer Benefits Survey attended the exclusive results meeting last Friday. Among the key findings, Minnesota employers:

Survey participants who were unable to attend the meeting will receive a hard copy of the full report in the mail soon. All Action Group members will have access to an Executive Summary of the results in early June.

We are pleased to report that survey participation increased by 30 percent this year, with 84 percent of Action Group employer members taking part.


There’s Still Time for Action Group Members to Register!

Member Webinar: Closing the Gap in Obesity Management Solutions 

When: Wednesday, May 21, 2014, Noon-1 p.m. (CST)

Where: Webinar information will be sent to registered members prior to the event.


Travel Insurance May Not Cover Mental Health

“People often buy travel insurance so they don’t lose the money they spent on airfare and hotels if they can’t travel due to illness. But if that illness happens to be a mental health issue, don’t expect travel insurance to cover it.” This new blog from National Public Radio discusses how health insurance companies are required to provide mental health coverage if they cover physical illnesses, but travel insurance isn’t included under the law.

In honor of National Mental Health Month, we have been covering a related topic for employers to share with employees each week in Express.


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News from the State Capitol

The interest in data privacy issues has grown exponentially at the State Capitol over the last few years as more stakeholders have become interested in who is able to access information stored by the government. Along those lines, Senate File 1770 is a bill aimed at requiring terms of contracts entered into with public agencies to be subject to the transparency requirements of the Data Practices Act. The full bill language can be found here, but sections that will apply to health plans and other medical providers begin on Line 2.17 and Line 6.21.

For your reference, the cross-referenced statutory language is as follows:

MN Ch 13.05, Subd. 11.Privatization.

(a) If a government entity enters into a contract with a private person to perform any of its functions, the government entity shall include in the contract terms that make it clear that all of the data created, collected, received, stored, used, maintained, or disseminated by the private person in performing those functions is subject to the requirements of this chapter and that the private person must comply with those requirements as if it were a government entity. The remedies in section 13.08 apply to the private person under this subdivision.

(b) This subdivision does not create a duty on the part of the private person to provide access to public data to the public if the public data are available from the government entity, except as required by the terms of the contract.

Senate File 1770 was passed unanimously by the House and Senate last week, and is on its way to Governor Dayton for his signature or veto. The Session is over on time and we will be providing a Session Wrap-up and Overview in the June fyi member-exclusive newsletter.

The Action Group continuously monitors developments at the Capitol, representing the collective voice of the people who write the checks for health care, ensuring that patients get the care they need at the right time, in the right place, for the right price.


Thought for the Week

“Though the majority of individuals living with mental illness can successfully be treated, stigma and misinformation continue to be significant barriers to treatment.”

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)