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Members named to new state Task Force on Health Care Financing

The newly-formed group will begin meeting in August “to analyze and recommend options for the future of health care programs in Minnesota, including MNsure and MinnesotaCare.”

Gov. Mark Dayton today named 11 members to the newly-formed state Task Force on Health Care Financing, which will look the future of health care programs in Minnesota, including MNsure and MinnesotaCare.

The Legislature authorized the task force, which will begin meeting in August and report its findings in January.

In addition to the members named today, the group will include Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman, Health Commissioner Dr. Edward Ehlinger and Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson.  Also on the task force will be the MNsure executive officer, currently Allison O’Toole in an interim position, and legislative appointees.

Those appointed today by the governor are:

  • Lynn Blewett – St. Paul, Director, University of Minnesota State Health Access Data Assistance Center
  • Elizabeth Doyle – Minneapolis, Associate Director/Policy Director, TakeAction Minnesota; Member from Broad-Based Nonprofit Consumer Advocacy Organization
  • Monica Hurtado,  – Minneapolis, Health Equity/Racial Justice Organizer, Voices for Racial Justice; Member from Organization Representing Consumers of Color
  • Sheila Kiscaden – Rochester, Olmsted County Commissioner
  • Sahra Noor – Roseville, CEO, People’s Center Health Services; Member from a Nonprofit Organization with Legal Expertise Representing Low-Income Consumers
  • Dr. Marilyn Peitso – Sartell, Pediatrician, CentraCare Health
  • Rosemarie Roach – St. Paul, Executive Director, Minnesota Nurses Association
  • Jim Schowalter – Eagan, President and CEO, Minnesota Council of Health Plans
  • Larry Schulz – Fergus Falls, CEO, Lake Region Healthcare
  • Dr. Todd Stivland – Stillwater, CEO, Bluestone Physician Services
  • Dr. Penny Wheeler – Minneapolis, President and CEO, Allina Health