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Health Care Access Commission

Active dates:1989 -1991

With assistance of the director of the State Planning Agency, develop and recommend to the legislature a plan to provide access to health care for all Minnesota state residents.

Specifically it was to: a) develop individual systems to estimate the total number of uninsured Minnesotans, determine a cost containment policy, administer the program, collect premium payments, ensure representation in service delivery by eligible practitioners, and coordinate the program with other government-subsidized programs; b) explore all potential insurance options; c) study and make recommendations on insurance and health care law changes, incentives and disincentives to ensure that employers continue to provide health insurance coverage, benefits to be covered, and alternatives for financing the state share of the cost of the premiums; d) identify cost savings to public programs that would result from the program's implementation; e) examine and make recommendations on gatekeeping mechanisms, the effect of different copayment levels, and maximum lifetime benefits; and f) consider limits on provider reimbursement and covered services (from the Minnesota Historical Society Agency History Record).


The Health Care Access Commission was an outgrowth of a failed drive during the 1989 legislative session for HealthSpan, a program that would have provided health care coverage for an estimated 400,000 "working poor" in Minnesota.

Funding and authorization ended on 30 June 1991.

See also the Governor's Advisory Council on Health Care Access - created to advise the Governor (Perpich) and the Health Care Access Commission.


25 members (15 members appointed by the governor, including 1 experienced health care professional, 1 representative of small business, 1 consumer representative; 3 members appointed under senate rules; 3 members appointed under house rules; commissioners of health, human services, employee relations, and commerce or designees); per diem and expenses.

Entries for this agency in the Annual Compilation and Statistical Report of Multi-Member Agencies Report: 1991, 1990, 1989.

Note: This report provides membership details as well as meeting information and a summary of the group's activities.


The library has two more reports from this commission.

Note: The Legislative Reference Library may have additional reports on or by this group available through our catalog.
News clippings and documents. Agencies Notebook Collection, 1989-1991.
Record last updated: 02/15/2024

All information on this group from the Library’s collection of agency notebooks has been digitized. These materials are incorporated into the “documents/articles” section of the record. Please contact a librarian with any questions. The Minnesota Agencies database is a work in progress.

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