Health insurance exchanges on the agenda at TruthToTell community forum

This week, the state legislature will attempt to reconcile House and Senate bills to define the parameters of state’s federally mandated Health Insurance Exchange. As deliberations were underway at the Capitol, key spokespeople and several members of the community gathered at the Wilder Foundation Building in St. Paul on March 13 to discuss the impact of the impending decisions on individual consumers in Minnesota.The panel discussion and public forum was a production of the CivicMedia-Minnesota, KFAI Radio, and St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN)’s new collaborative series: TruthToTell: Community Connections hosted by Andy Driscoll and Michelle Alimoradi. (Podcast of public forum below.)In this second installment of this special televised TTT series, Andy and Michelle spoke with panelists, Paul Sobocinski, a rural policy program organizer for the Land Stewardship Project, Dr. Elizabeth Frost, single-payer advocate with Physicians for a National Health Plan – Minnesota,  Sarah Greenfield, Health Care Program Manager for TakeAction/Minnesota and policy lead on Health Benefits Exchanges at the Legislature, and Audrey Britton, a board member for Small Business Minnesota.Sarah Greenfield kicked off the conversation by giving a briefing on key differences between the House and Senate bills, noting that the success of the system rides heavily on the strength of the board of governors as “Active Purchasers.” Continue Reading