This morning about 50 health care activists made a surprise appearance at Medica’s Minnetonka headquarters to deliver “repossession notices” and demand the return of over $200 million in excess cash reserves to the state of Minnesota. The group stormed into the main lobby and posted orange notices around the lobby as the crowd heard speeches and chanted. The group represented TakeAction Minnesota, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota and the Land Stewardship Project. This action follows months of TakeAction activity aimed at getting health providers to return excess reserves. A team visited the homes of Blue Cross Blue Shield and Medica CEOs And. The activist’s bus had mechanical problems getting started so the Minnetonka Police arrived before the group left. Medica security asked the police to ticket and tag all 50 activists. The police declined the request.
Following the activity at Medica, the group went to the State Capitol to visit the governor’s office and offices of key legislators seeking their support in retrieving this money.