Credit where credit is due

To the Editor:

It’s gratifying that healthcare accountability in Minnesota is finally getting some of the attention it deserves.

The Greater Minnesota Healthcare Coalition has been advocating for legislative action on this topic for over eight years, and they have released a report, which analyzes and documents their findings.

The title of the report is “Who Was Minding The Store.”

All taxpayers should be concerned with this issue, as more than $3 billion per year is spent on state-funded and HMO-managed healthcare in Minnesota.

Very little happens in politics unless groups of dedicated advocates push for action on a specific topic.

This is certainly the case when it comes to healthcare reform. The evidence that is contained in the aforementioned GMHCC report shows millions of dollars per year in waste and likely abuse of Medicaid dollars in the state. Many of you have seen the reports on TV and in the major newspapers in the Twin Cities and Duluth about the federal investigation that was launched by Congress dealing with the problems in Minnesota’s Medicaid program. These actions were a direct result of the work and pressure brought to bear by the GMHCC’s program.

It would be a big step backward for the work done on this topic, by a non-profit organization, to be used as a political tool, thereby losing focus on the problem itself.

The good news is that some action has taken place, but much more still needs to be done.

To read or download a copy of the report, you can go to the Seven County Senior Federation or the GMHCC websites.

Betty Stoffel, North Branch

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