In the News

In the News

The Minnesota Health Action Group in the News

December 14, 2019New leader of employer health group talks drug costs and improving access to mental health care

November 08, 2019Health Care Cost & Utilization: 2019 Report (MN Community Measurement)

September 24, 2019$200K award will help Minnesota employers expand mental health programs

September 23, 2019Carolyn Pare fought health care battles for 20 years. Here’s what she learned.

August 14, 2019Longtime CEO of Minnesota Health Action Group to Retire

May 14, 2019Health costs surge for Minnesota employers, employees (

March 26, 2019Readers Write: Mental health parity, college admissions, U.S. House Democrats (Star Tribune Editorial)

December 17, 2018Competition heats up as nonprofit health insurers take on for-profit giants in Minnesota

December 04, 2018Mental health data ‘horrifying’: Minnesota employers’ group seeks to improve statistics for workers, and the bottom line

November 06, 2018Business community lends its muscle to improve mental health care in Minnesota

October 31, 2018Minnesota employers urged to boost mental health resources

August 13, 2018They charged what? Price of surgical procedures vary widely by hospital, patient

August 13, 2018Rare look at Minnesota hospital costs finds huge swings

July 14, 2018Many drugmakers ignore Trump — and raise prices anyway

May 08, 2018Employer health costs rising faster in Minnesota (Star Tribune)

March 03, 2018HSA Modernization Possible in Upcoming Budget Legislation

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February 06, 2018Workplace Clinics Could be Making a Comeback

February 01, 2018Amazon, Buffett, JPMorgan tackle U.S. health care ‘tapeworm’

January 03, 2018Commercial Case Price Variation Among High-volume Inpatient Treatments in Minnesota Hospitals

October 30, 2017Employers, Once Poised for Big Changes, Settle for Tweaked Benefit Packages

July 18, 2017If Repeal has Failed, Minnesota Leaders Say, Try Repairing Federal Law

July 01, 2017Soaring Drug Prices Leave Minnesotans Feeling Ill

June 03, 2017Report Puts Bull’s-eye on “Low-Value” Health Care

May 21, 2017Fairview-HealthEast Deal Continues Trend of Health Systems Bulking Up

May 14, 2017Contract Dispute Persists Between Children’s, Blue Cross

April 08, 2017Five Rights Framework Seeks to Improve Dysfunction in Specialty Drug Marketplace

February 14, 2017National Alliance Releases Health Policy Recommendations from Purchasers

February 10, 2017People on the Move: Ken Horstman Named Chairman of the Minnesota Health Action Group

February 09, 2017Care Management Vital in Tackling Specialty Pharmacy Costs

November 16, 2016MDH Findings Show Trends in Drug Spending

August 21, 2016Media coverage: Minnesota Bridges to Excellence 2016

July 03, 2016Star Tribune (Todd Nelson) – Movers and shakers: Deb Krause of Minnesota Health Action Group

June 01, 2015The Institute for HealthCare Consumerism (Carolyn Pare byline) – Specialty Rx: What’s an employer to do?

May 30, 2015Star Tribune (Christopher Snowbeck) – Some health plans want you to travel for care

May 22, 2015Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal (Katherine Grayson) – Three questions with Minnesota Health Action Group CEO Carolyn Pare

May 20, 2015Benefits Pro (Scott Wooldridge) – Rising cost of specialty drugs concerns employers

May 05, 2015Star Tribune (Carolyn Pare and Brian Klepper op/ed) – Specialty drugs: What good is a treatment if it is out of reach?

April 17, 2015Star Tribune (Christopher Snowbeck) – Employers should prepare for surge in specialty drug costs, expert warns

March 07, 2014Online-diagnosis Startup Wins Innovation Award, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal



March 06, 2014Two Minnesota Health Tech Startups Recognized with Awards, TECHdotMN

November 06, 2013Choosing Wisely® Releases Public Service Announcements

November 03, 2013Doctor, First Tell Me What It Costs, The New York Times Op-Ed, Peter A. Ubel, M.D.

October 31, 2013MNsure: More Health Choices for Southeastern Minnesota

October 01, 2013MNSure: Who is it for? Not Everyone, Minnesota Public Radio

August 26, 201311 tests and procedures you don’t want …, Star Tribune

July 30, 2013A conversation with Carolyn Pare, Minnesota Health Action Group

January 14, 2013Depression patients’ toolkit offered online, Pioneer Press

August 02, 2012Minnesota Clinics Recognized for Delivering Optimum Care, Pioneer Press

July 19, 2012Buyers Health Care Action Group changes name, targets small business, Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal