Since the implementation of the ACA, the share of Minnesotans without health insurance has reached an all-time low. Nonprofit leaders and coalitions  defended the ACA from repeal at the federal level during the summer of 2017. However, the tax bill passed at the end of 2017 included a repeal of the individual mandate. There are still dangerous proposals surfacing that could reverse the course on increasing access to health care. 

This is an issue that is important to all nonprofit organizations across the sector. 

Loss of Federal Funding

A loss of federal funding this large also would put pressure on other areas of the state budget, including those where nonprofits partner thoughtfully with policymakers to fund key programs and to leverage additional private funds. Grants, appropriations and bonds that nonprofits receive from the state are at risk if additional state resources are needed to cover some of the loss in federal health care dollars.

Increased Heath Care Costs

In addition, the current proposals would likely result in increased health care costs for those who can least afford it, because it replaces the current system of health care premium subsidies with tax credits that aren’t well targeted by income and aren’t based on the cost of insurance.

These are losses Minnesota cannot afford.

As a nonprofit leader, you know the importance of affordable health care to your community. Our policymakers need to hear that Minnesota nonprofits oppose policies that would reduce health care coverage and raise the cost of health care.

Additional Resources

For more information on how these health care proposals will impact Minnesota, check out the Budget Bites Blog from MCN's Minnesota Budget Project

This is Medicaid Coalition

MEDICAID is an important part of health care. Medical Assistance is Minnesota’s publicly-financed and privately-managed insurance available through the federal Medicaid program. It provides vital health services to over a million Minnesotans. One out of every three children in Minnesota is covered by Medicaid, and for many adults, it is often the only route to affordable coverage. 

"This is Medicaid” is a coalition of nonprofit organizations from across Minnesota that formed to protect Medicaid from harmful changes and funding cuts. The organizations advocate for or directly serve people who access health care and supports through Medicaid. 

Follow them on Twitter for updates.