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Minnesota group to study health care in Germany

A group of Minnesotans, including Lt. Gov.

A group of Minnesotans, including Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon, Linda Berglin and Skip Humphrey, heads to Germany next week to study health care policy there.

The Minnesotans will meet other experts from Washington, D.C., for a seminar there that compares U.S. and German systems. 

The University of Minnesota’s Center for German and European Studies and  Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics and Federal Ministry of Health are sponsoring the event.

A statement from the U of M says: “Germany’s nonprofit statutory health insurers provide some parallels to what that new Minnesota exchange could look like. Germany has provided high-quality universal health care for its citizens since 1883, when its conservative chancellor Otto von Bismarck became the unlikeliest person to establish the world’s first national health care system.”

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Those involved in the Sept. 12-19 seminar in Berlin:

  • Yvonne Prettner Solon, Minnesota lieutenant governor
  • Lucinda Jesson, Minnesota Human Services commissioner
  • Michelle Fischbach, Tony Lourey and Claire Robling, Minnesota state senators
  • Tom Huntley and Kim Norton, Minnesota state representatives
  • Linda Berglin, Hennepin County health policy program manager
  • Cristine Almeida, CEO of Almeida Public Affairs
  • Julie Brunner, executive director of Minnesota Council of Health Plans
  • Jim Eppel, senior vice president at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • Nancy Feldman, president and CEO of UCare
  • Kevin Goodno, Frederikson & Byron government relations chair
  • Hubert H. Humphrey III, AARP national board member
  • Connie Perpich, CGES advisory board and Planned Parenthood-Minn., North Dakota, South Dakota
  • Stephen Schondelmeyer, U of M Prime Institute
  • Brenda Sheingold, department of nursing at George Washington University
  • Steven Sheingold, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.