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Return to Community Initiative Recognized Minnesota’s Return to Community program has been recognized by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government as part of the 2017 Bright Ideas in Government Initiative. The initiative highlights and promotes creative government initiatives and partnerships with the idea that other government leaders, public servants, and individuals can learn about noteworthy ideas and potentially adopt those initiatives in their own communities.

30 days, while the remaining 30 percent end up staying and spending up to $180 per day for care. Reducing how long they stay in nursing homes saves money for both them and the public, as once residents deplete personal assets they become eligible for Medical Assistance, which is funded by the state. The program was developed in collaboration with the nursing home industry and policy staff. It begins by generating a list of candidates. Then assessments are made, discharge plans are completed, and services are arranged for patients, including a five-year follow-up period for each patient once they return home.

The Minnesota Board on Aging and the Department of Human Services (DHS) launched the Return to Community program in 2010. Since its inception, it has helped more than 4,000 older Minnesotans return to their homes after a stay in a nursing home.

“Return to Community honors the wish most older adults have to remain in their home for as long as possible,” said Emily Piper, DHS commissioner. “After injuries or illness, it can be challenging to make that happen but Senior LinkAge comAccording to DHS, 70 percent of munity living specialists throughout Minnesotans admitted to a nursing Minnesota help older adults and their home for rehabilitation leave within families get the resources they need



to stay home. This not only helps a significant increase from the 85,000 families but is good for taxpayers.” enrollees last year. About 47 percent Return to Community is one of 70 programs that were recognized from more than 500 nominations. “These programs demonstrate that there are no prerequisites for doing the good work of governing,” said Stephen Goldsmith, director of the Innovations

of the private plan enrollees are new to the health exchange. An estimated 64 percent of all enrollees are receiving tax credits, which average about $621 per month or $7,457 per year. Minnesota also set a record for public program enrollments. A total of

in American Government Program 147,880 Minnesotans enrolled in public at the Ash Center. “Small towns and programs, with 33,369 newly enrolled

massive cities, huge federal agencies in MinnesotaCare and 114,511 newly and local school districts, large bud- enrolled in Medical Assistance. gets or no budgets at all—what makes

“We are enrolling people at his-

government work best is the drive to

torically high levels,” said Allison

do better, and this group proves that O’Toole, MNsure CEO. drive can be found anywhere.”

Despite MNsure’s significant enrollment increase, the overall individ-

MNsure Enrollment Up, Individual Health Plan Enrollment Down

ual health care market in Minnesota

A total of 117,654 Minnesotans enrolled in individual health insurance plans through MNsure during the 2017 open enrollment period and one-week special enrollment period,

A preliminary analysis released Feb.

has seen an overall decline of about 30 percent, according to data from the Minnesota Council of Health Plans. 9 shows that no more than 190,000 Minnesotans are buying individual market coverage for 2017, compared to about 270,000 last March.

MN Healthcare News March 2017  
MN Healthcare News March 2017  

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