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TRUST Member Penny Wheeler on Latest U.S. Health Care Proposal

Monday, July 17, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Laurie Pumper
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Star Tribune Quotes TRUST Member Penny Wheeler on Senate GOP Health Proposal

Penny Wheeler, MD, chief executive at Allina Health, was interviewed by the Star Tribune on July 14 regarding the U.S. Senate's latest proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. "I have deep, deep concerns about where the federal framework is right now and where it is proposed to go," Wheeler said.

Allina Health would suffer from lower payment rates, Wheeler said, and would take an additional hit because it would see fewer patients in the uninsured rate increases. "There are job losses with these cuts," she said. "It becomes a domino effect."

Cuts to the Medicaid rolls and lower provider reimbursement rates could also end several experiments that seek to reduce Medicaid costs by keeping Minnesotans healthier. Allina is one of several providers working with Medicaid patients, often those with chronic conditions, to help stabilize their health and prevent expensive emergency room visits or intensive-care stays.

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