Minnesota Site Visit Report

A report funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as part of its Affordable Care Act (ACA) Implementation-Monitoring and Tracking Series, examines Minnesota’s progress toward implementing health reform—both the ACA and the state’s own health reform efforts.

Prepared by researchers at the Urban Institute, the report finds that Minnesota is making significant progress in implementing the ACA. Thus far the state has secured multiple grants to support different aspects of ACA planning and implementation; adopted the early Medicaid expansion and implemented other early insurance reforms; begun development of a single, integrated information technology system to handle determination and enrollment for all insurance affordability programs; and taken vigorous steps toward building an effective health insurance exchange in time to meet federal deadlines.

The authors conclude that Minnesota’s ACA implementation has been greatly helped by close collaboration between officials from multiple state agencies and stakeholders to overcome what, in other states, have been contentious technical issues about how to structure reform.

This report is one of 10 case study analyses that will be completed in 2012.