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HealthPartners advocacy platform

Everyone should have affordable health coverage.

Health coverage for all is an important step in achieving the Triple Aim. Reform legislation should ensure that every person can access coverage easily, and requirements for all to be insured. Funding sources for coverage should be broad based and equitable. We also support the federal government’s ability to negotiate with drug manufacturers to address affordability of prescription drugs.

Payment must reward value, not volume.

Linking payment to results, not volume, will improve quality, safety and health while reducing unnecessary care. Policies should reward health care organizations that deliver high quality while using resources efficiently.

Quality, costs and incentives should be transparent.

Key stakeholders should collaborate to ensure transparency, and consumers should have fast, easy access to the information. We support private/public partnerships for health care measurement, preferring a single, credible, community-based source, with common measures that allow valid comparisons. We support transparency of pricing for prescription drugs.

Federal and state reforms should ensure efficient, effective marketplaces.

State and federal regulators need to support a marketplace that offers broad consumer choice and affordability. We support collaboration to eliminate waste and expand use of telehealth and ehealth.

The public health system should help all citizens to be healthier.

We support health improvement with a focus on tobacco cessation, alcohol moderation, weight management, healthy eating and physical activity. Policies should reduce health disparities, paying special attention to resolving underlying determinants, while protecting the safety net.

Mental health policies should ensure access to the right care at the right time.

Public policy should address gaps in levels of mental health care, particularly with community-based supports. We advocate for new approaches to help those facing mental and chemical illnesses and their stigma.

Public policies should ensure that all children have a healthy start.

We support early identification of children with health and developmental needs, and partnerships with schools that ensure these children have access to needed programs. School and community health and wellness programs should promote healthy lifestyles for all children.

Future healthcare workforce needs must be addressed in policy decisions.

We support “top of license” deployment of health care professionals and team-based care to improve patient health and well-being. Public policies should increase licensure flexibility, such as inter-state compacts, to reduce barriers to working across state lines. The education system should support programs that will help society meet future workforce needs.

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