Health Economics Program

The Health Economics Program conducts research and applied policy analysis to monitor changes in the health care marketplace; to understand factors influencing health care cost, quality and access; and to provide technical assistance in the development of state health care policy. The information is used to inform policy makers, consumers, and other stakeholders in Minnesota's health care system.

The Health Economics Program collects data and produces a variety of reports, papers, issue briefs, and presentations, covering topics such as health care costs and spending, the uninsured, private market insurance trends, and hospital and other health care provider trends. It also publishes an online Minnesota Health Care Markets Chartbook with up-to-date data and statistics on health care cost, health insurance, health plans, and health care providers; and an interactive web site with detailed insurance coverage statistics from the Minnesota Health Access Survey (MNHA).

Instructions to submit required data reports for health plans and health care providers. This link provides instructions for health care providers on how to submit data to the Health Economics Program at the Minnesota Department of Health.

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Minnesota Health Care Spending and Projections, 2012
This annual report to the Legislature includes estimated actual health care spending for Minnesota residents in 2012 and projections for future spending. The report compares estimated actual spending with spending that would have been expected absent Minnesota reforms or other changes to cost drivers, of which the calculated difference is defined as savings associated with the implementation of Minnesota's 2008 health reform law. The report also projects the marginal impact of policy changes associated with the Affordable Care Act. (June 2014)

Health Insurance in Minnesota: Results from the 2013 Minnesota Health Access Survey (PDF: 986 KB/7 pages)
This fact sheet provides updated results from the 2013 Minnesota Health Access Survey, and compares the findings to analyses of surveys conducted in previous years.  Topics include the rate of uninsurance in the state, sources of insurance coverage, disparities in access to insurance, and demographic and employment characteristics of the uninsured in Minnesota. This fact sheet has been updated from the preliminary results that appeared in February 2014. Updates include an adjustment to the statistical weights for the years 2009 and 2011, and a refinement in the calculation of potential eligibility for public programs. (May 2014)

Administrative Costs at Minnesota Health Plans in 2012 (PDF: 639KB/70 pages)
This report contains information about administrative costs reported by health plan companies (group purchasers) that conducted business in Minnesota during 2012. (March 2014)

Study of Capital Reserve Limits in Minnesota (PDF:2.65 MB/210 pages)
This report to the Minnesota Legislature presents policy considerations related to implementing upper limits on capital reserves of health plan companies in Minnesota.  It is based on findings from interviews with stakeholders, financial analyses of health plan companies, and a study of available research. (March 2014)

Health Insurance in Minnesota: Preliminary Results from the 2013 Minnesota Health Access Survey (PDF: 919 KB/7 pages)
This fact sheet provides initial results from the 2013 Minnesota Health Access Survey, and compares the findings to analyses of surveys conducted in previous years.  Topics include the rate of uninsurance in the state, sources of insurance coverage, disparities in access to insurance, and demographic and employment characteristics of the uninsured in Minnesota. (February 2014)

Measuring the Affordable Care Act in Minnesota: Access to Health Care and Familiarity with the ACA at Baseline (PDF: 545 KB/7 pages)
This issue brief presents data from the 2013 Minnesota Health Access Survey (MNHA) related to access to health care and the ability to afford needed services; many of the used metrics establish a baseline against which to measure the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Minnesota.  The issue brief also presents information on how well Minnesotans say they understand the health care market changes that are taking place. (February 2014)

Trends at Minnesota's Community Hospitals 2009 to 2012 (PDF: 784 KB/4 pages)
This issue brief continues the analysis of trends and selected indicators at Minnesota’s 133 community hospitals, expanded to include the most current four-year period of available data (2009 to 2012).  This analysis focuses on trends in utilization, financial performance and health care workforce, drawing on data annually submitted to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) by currently operating hospitals in Minnesota. (January 2014)

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Updated Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 11:23AM