A plan by DFL legislators to resuscitate the GAMC health plan for the very poor gets a negative prognosis from the Mayo Clinic.
After Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed and unallotted nearly $400 million from the plan, legislators this month came up with a proposal to restore much of that funding for health care for people making under $8,000 a year by increasing a surcharge on patient revenue at hospitals and on insurance premiums.
Not a good plan, Mayo Clinic lobbyist Frank Iossi told the Rochester Post-Bulletin:
“For the Legislature to put the brunt of this almost exclusively on hospitals, except for a little bit on the counties, is not the way to do business,” Iossi said.
He said clinic entities already pay $11 million a year in medical assistance surcharges and the DFL plan would double it to $22 million annually.
He said the current plan would require Mayo to subsidize the big Twin Cities hospitals like Hennepin County Medical Center and Regions, which get more general assistance patients.
The paper says Rep. Tom Huntley, DFL-Duluth, chairman of the House Health Care and Human Services Committee, recognizes the fairness issue and expects further revisions of the proposal.