Thanks to the 380 professional colleagues who completed the 5 question survey about the MinnesotaCare Provider Tax.  Invitations to participate in this survey were sent to the members of two Minnesota Psychological Association listservs, a list of emails for over 3,000 licensed psychologists purchased from the Board of Psychology, several LinkedIn groups for mental health professionals, and by an email “blast” message provided by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, MN Chapter.

Here are the results for each question:

  1. License of respondents:
    1. 83% were psychologists.
    2. 12% were LMFTs.
    3. The remaining group, were MDs, RNs, SWs and Board of Behavioral Health licensees.
  2. 98% of the respondents provide direct clinical services.
  3. “I support the following action in response to sunsetting of the MInnesotaCare Provider Tax by the end of 2019”:
    1. lobbying for ending the Provider Tax by allowing it to be sunsetted: 15%
    2. lobbying for ending the Provider Tax sooner than the sunsetting by the end of 2019: 62%
    3. lobbying for repealing the sunset of the Tax, and continuing the Tax with no changes: 5%
    4. lobbying for repealing the sunset of the Tax,  but with restrictions limiting use of funds collect by the Provider Tax to only the health care access fund, which funds MinnesotaCare, and adjusting the amount of the tax annually based on the needs of the health care access fund: 18%
  4. “If the Provider Tax is allowed to sunset, I am concerned that that this will result in funding deficiencies for the health care access fund, which funds MinnesotaCare”:
    1. No: 74%
    2. Yes: 26%
  5. The last question was a field that allowed respondents to comment on the MinnesotaCare tax, and a remarkable 154 of them voiced their opinions. Obviously, this is way too much info to report, but it is evident from reading these comments that there is a high level of dissatisfaction among the respondents about the Tax.

Thanks again to all who participated in this survey.  You are welcome to share the results with colleagues and professional organizations who are stakeholders in the question of how to respond to the law which will sunset the Tax by the end of 2019.

Finally, is developing several more surveys, so please consider participating when you receive an invitation.         Richard Sethre, Psy.D., L.P.

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