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MINNESOTA COACT AND MINNESOTA SENIOR FEDERATION WILL ANNOUNCE AMENDMENTS TO HEALTHRIGHT LEGISLATION

 MINNESOTA COACT AND MINNESOTA SENIOR FEDERATION WILL
 ANNOUNCE AMENDMENTS TO HEALTHRIGHT LEGISLATION
 Minnesota COACT (Citizens Organized Acting Together) and the Minnesota Senior Federation will host a news conference in Room 181 of the State Office Building on Friday, March 20 at 2 p.m. The purpose of the press conference is to announce amendments to the HealthRight bill now moving through the legislature and to assist the general public and the 75,000 members of the two organizations to understand the strengths and weaknesses of this proposal.
 The two organizations have been promoting health care reform since 1986. In 1989 both groups adopted four criteria with which to evaluate health care proposals:
 -- Does the proposal guarantee coverage for all people?
 -- Is the coverage comprehensive?
 -- Does the proposal contain health care inflation?
 -- Is the proposal financed fairly?
 COACT and the Federation support the cost-containment provisions of the HealthRight proposal, particularly the provision calling for controls on capital spending.
 The organizations will propose other amendments to strengthen the legislation. One such amendment will increase the number of health care consumers on the proposed state commission and regional boards and decrease the number of health care providers and insurance company representatives. Another amendment will improve the proposed financing of the bill with adoption of a progressive income tax in place of the proposed surcharges against health care providers and cigarette tax. A third amendment will prohibit age discrimination in health insurance that is currently permissible by law and under the bill as written.
 Both organizations praise the state legislature and the governor for their increased attention to the health care crisis. However, the organizations are concerned about public policy-making when proposals are negotiated behind closed doors and opportunities are limited for public scrutiny and response.
 CONTACT: Jon Youngdahl or Kip Sullivan, both of Minnesota COACT, 612-379-7811; or Vic Rosenthal of the Minnesota Senior Federation, 612-645-0261.
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