Polling data repeatedly shows that healthcare affordability is the top issue that state residents, on both sides of the political aisle, want their policymakers to work on.
Minnesota's Healthcare Affordability State Policy Scorecard identifies areas where the state is doing well and areas where it can improve. As the scorecard shows, Minnesota policymakers have a robust toolset they can use to ensure all residents have affordable coverage that features consumer-friendly cost-sharing and premiums that reflect the efficient delivery of healthcare and fair healthcare pricing.
Minnesota has relatively high healthcare spending per person, yet the percentage of residents reporting affordability problems is slightly lower than the national average. High recent spending growth suggests that policymakers should bring a broad focus addressing affordability.
Our companion document, Healthcare Affordability State Policy Checklist, provides a quick overview of the actions Minnesota still needs to take.