The difference between an HMO and a PPO is in their costs and health care options.
Minnesota’s Senate has approved a budget for state health and assistance programs that includes a surcharge on HMOs and pay increases for care workers that critics say aren’t big enough.
Minnesota’s new two-year budget contains some tough medicine for nonprofit health plans that manage subsidized care for more than 500,000 poor patients.
Four large nonprofit health plans will return excess profits from public health care contracts to the state under a yearlong deal announced Tuesday by Gov. Mark Dayton.
Minnesota’s health maintenance organizations are enjoying surging profits from managing three state health insurance programs, and that has attracted the attention of officials looking for cash to balance the state’s budget.