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Stop Minnesota Insurance Exchange

While peaceful demonstrators stood on the steps of our state capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 22, in solidarity over the sanctity of life, a very different story was happening under their noses as lawmakers met to discuss the Minnesota Insurance Exchange (part of Obamacare).

Attending that meeting I noted a certain frenzy to pass the “data” section out of committee by the Democrat members — without any legal guidelines for the appeals process for eligibility and determination or any money available to maintain it.

The money for the exchange would come from withholding up to 3.5 percent of our insurance premiums and as for any appeals, we were told to just trust the government.

There was confusion as to what private information would be required. However, that confusion doesn’t really matter because last May section HHS 153.340 dealing with Obamacare went into effect. Medical record databases will be developed to implement what policy experts call “risk adjustment methodologies,” under the guise that health risk factors be distributed across the insurance pool.

The state, or HHS, will be collecting our medical records. Where did doctor patient confidentiality go? Where’s HIPAA? The type of information to be confiscated include individual diagnoses, the type of care provided, the names of the health-care providers seen, dollars paid, out-of-pocket liabilities, demographic data and encrypted Social Security number.

HHS claims our records will be de-identified and researchers will be allowed access. I question what the intent of the research is.

Allowing such a database to be created could be a back door to greater government control. Collection of our medical records has nothing to do with insuring the uninsured.

Our state leaders need to take a close look at what is good for Minnesotans. The folks in St. Paul need to stop the Minnesota Insurance Exchange in its tracks.

Jan Skjolsvik,

Fifty Lakes

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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