Taking Action Express: Health Care Reform MN Style; KARE11 Features Advance Care Planning; ‘Tis the Season…for Learning and Networking!

DECEMBER 6, 2016

Local Thought Leaders Offer Health Care Reform Insights

Stephen Parente Discusses a Key Option for the Affordable Care Act
Stephen Parente, a University of Minnesota professor who specializes in health economics, has analyzed a potential ObamaCare replacement plan. He discusses a key option for the Affordable Care Act in this Sunday Star Tribune interview.

The Future of Health Insurance: A Shift Change in Political Leadership
Dr. Steve Calvin, Minnesota physician innovator and advisor to The Action Group’s Maternity and Infertility Learning Network, contributed this editorial to Sunday’s Star Tribune Opinion Exchange. In it, he explores how a new crew of Republican lawmakers and Trump appointees could heal (but not literally repeal) ObamaCare.

Minnesota Should Tackle Health Care Costs Now
Michael Guyette, president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, featured in Friday’s Star Tribune, says we can’t wait for a national health care solution: Minnesota should tackle health care costs now.

Choosing Wisely Webinar Now Online!

In case you missed today’s Choosing Wisely webinar, the presentation and recording are now available online! You’ll find unique ideas for empowering employees to take charge of their health in 2017.

In a new Action Group blog, webinar guest presenter, Dominic Lorusso talks about the high incidence of low- and no-value care that is harming patients physically and financially.

Consumer Reports and The Action Group have collaborated to develop a high-value, turnkey, no-cost 2017 employee communication campaign for Minnesota employers. To be added to the list, please email Sue Jesseman (sjesseman@mnhealthactiongroup.org).

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Urgent Mental Health Issues Lead to Action Group Learning Network: RSVPs Due by December 15 

With one in five U.S. adults experiencing mental illness each year and depression the leading cause of disability worldwide, The Action Group is forming a Learning Network to address opportunities for learning and impact in this area in 2017.

We are currently inviting employer members to participate, with RSVPs due by December 15.

Click here for a new article from Business Insider: “If you have depression, you likely aren’t getting the treatment you need.”

Please contact Carolyn Pare (952-896-5185, cpare@mnhealthactiongroup.org), or Deb Krause (952-529-1119, dkrause@mnhealthactiongroup.org) with questions. 

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Members and Guest Invited! Special December 15 Meeting

“Don’t look back unless you can smile; don’t look ahead unless you can dream.” logo

Please join us for our annual look back on what we have achieved in 2016, look ahead to new opportunities for learning and collaboration, and celebration of our collective accomplishments.

Starting with a delicious hot breakfast, and a fun networking icebreaker, we’ve also added a special innovator’s showcase to inspire you in the year ahead.

We are extending a special invitation to members, and guests who are considering membership, to join us for our next meeting: Looking Back with Our Eyes on the Future.

December 15, 2016
7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. (Networking from 7:30-8)

Hilton Airport/MOA Hotel3800 American Boulevard E.Bloomington, MN

Please RSVP to Sue Jesseman (sjesseman@mnhealthactiongroup.org).

10th Annual Employer Leadership Summit Taking Shape!

While people have profoundly mixed feelings about the Affordable Care Act, most agree that providing access to quality, affordable health care to all Americans is a priority.

At this year’s 10th Annual Employer Leadership Summit, The Time is NOW: Putting Affordable Back into Health Care, we will be calling on local and national thought leaders and some of our most innovative members to share their best practices in tackling cost and quality issues in ways that contribute to ensuring the health and vitality of our economy and our citizens.

May 19, 2017
8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Westin Galleria
Edina, MN

Registration will open soon, with Early Bird specials available!

KARE-11 Launches Six-Part Series on Advance Care Planning

It’s a topic many people may be hesitant to discuss. But most say it’s an important one. How do you share your end-of-life care wishes with loved ones?

It starts with what is called a “directive.” According to a recent Minnesota Department of Health Survey, only 32 percent of Minnesota adults have completed a health care directive.

KARE-11 is teaming up with The Convenings Project – a joint effort of Honoring Choices Minnesota and the Bruce Kramer Collaborative. Over the next several weeks, on air and online, KARE-11 will be featuring very personal stories to help viewers better understand the importance of advance care planning. The first installment aired last week and can be shared with your employees and seen here.

Learn more about creating an advance care directive by visiting the Honoring Choices website. Resources are free, and available in five languages.

Join us for our December 15 meeting; May 17 Summit!

 “Go for it NOW! The future is promised to no one.”
Wayne Dyer

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