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The fight continue for quality, affordable health care for ALL

It has only been one month since the beginning of the new Congress and the state legislative session, and a lot has happened in that time — both good and bad.  In Washington, the good…

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Believe. Resist: Fighting to protect the Affordable Care Act

President Donald Trump’s Executive Order on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a desperate cry for help. The order itself is a talking point that delivers on a talking point. It provides the appearance of…

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15%

Percentage of Minnesotans are over age 65, access health care through Medicare, and disproportionately live in Greater Minnesota

20%

Percentage of Mnnesotans access health care through Medical Assistance (Medicaid) and MinnesotaCare, and are disproportionately people of color and/or live in Greater Minnesota

300k

Number of Minnesotans gained access to health care through MinnesotaCare and the expansion of Medicaid, both of which are funded by the Affordable Care Act

FIGHTING TO PROTECT OUR PUBLIC HEALTH CARE PROGRAMS…

Our public health care programs — Medicare, Medicaid, and MinnesotaCare — are the most important and successful pillars of our health care system. About 1/3 of all Minnesotans access affordable health care through one of these programs, and the most successful parts of the Affordable Care Act are the expansion of our public health care programs. About 300,000 Minnesotans gained health insurance coverage through the expansion of Medicaid and the funding of MinnesotaCare. Seniors and people with disabilities saved another $285 million in drug costs thanks to the ACA closing the Medicare “donut hole.”

TakeAction members are fighting to stop repeal of the Affordable Care Act and protect Medicaid and Medicare. 

…AND HOLD CORPORATE HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES ACCOUNTABLE

The Affordable Care Act also ended some of the worst abuses of the corporate health insurance industry:

  • According to the Star Tribune, 700,000 Minnesotans have pre-existing conditions that could be used to deny coverage again if the ACA is repealed.
  • Another 2 million (or so) Minnesotans saw lifetime limits on coverage removed.
  • Minnesota insurers were forced to refund about $2 million that would have gone towards profits but now must be spent on health care costs.

At the state level, TakeAction members are committed to holding health insurance companies accountable to their mission to improve the health of Minnesotans instead of playing games with our health insurance.

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Towards Health Care for All

TakeAction Minnesota is dedicated to achieving comprehensive health care that is publicly governed and accessible for everyone in our state. We do this by organizing communities at the grassroots level across the state.

We believe that:

  • comprehensive, affordable health care for everyone in Minnesota is a human right, is necessary, and is achievable
  • the elimination of deep and persistent racial inequalities is necessary to achieve health and justice in our state
  • our health care system should be governed by and accountable to the people of Minnesota
  • our health care system should be designed to promote health, and not just treat disease

Minnesota made the most of the Affordable Care Act by expanding Medicaid and MinnesotaCare. At TakeAction Minnesota, we are committed to building on this progress to achieve a truly universal health care system for our state. Whether at the state or national level, we need to create a public health care option for everyone, regardless of age, income, or immigration status. All individuals and small businesses should be allowed to purchase health insurance through MinnesotaCare instead of being forced into the expensive, volatile, private health insurance market. 

For over 10 years, we have organized with Minnesotans across our state to build the power we need to make real changes in our health care system. That’s how we removed unfair barriers to MinnesotaCare and got coverage for 20,000 more kids. It’s how we helped save General Assistance Medical Care and won better benefits, more stable coverage, and billions in federal health care funding for 100,000 Minnesotans. It’s how we won back $30 million dollars for the state of Minnesota from UCare and real reforms in how the state does business with HMOs for our public health programs.

Connect with our Campaign Team

Hani Ali

Hani Ali

Home Care Organizer

Hani@takeactionminnesota.org
Cell: 207-415-3421
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Sabrina Mauritz

Sabrina Mauritz

Director of Care Worker Organizing

sabrina@takeactionminnesota.org
Phone: 253-230-1839
Sabrina Mauritz’s bio »

David Zaffrann

David Zaffrann

Health Care Program Manager

david@takeactionminnesota.org
Phone: 651-379-0751
David Zaffrann’s bio »

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