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Minnesota health costs could double to $94 billion


Anthony Souffle – Star Tribune

"The long-term outlook shows big financial challenges ahead for individuals, employers and government," Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said in a statement.

The overall cost of health care in Minnesota grew at a relatively low rate during 2016, according to a new state report, but the broader trend points toward a likely doubling of expenses over the next decade.

Total health costs in 2016 came in at $47.1 billion, a 4 percent increase over the previous year, according to the annual study by the Minnesota Department of Health. The report cited relatively low payments to health insurers that manage care in state public health insurance programs as contributing to the low growth rate.


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