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ST. PAUL – With the goal of helping the countless Minnesotans who are struggling to afford and maintain their health insurance, State Representative Bob Gunther (R-Fairmont) and a majority of representatives in the Minnesota House have approved legislation that provides emergency health care aid and access.
“A lot of people in our district are hurting because they can’t afford the health insurance being offered to them,” Gunther said. “That’s why we wanted a bill that not only utilizes one-time money but gives us some reform in the future.”
Specifically the proposal provides a one-time appropriation of $300 million from budget reserves to enact the emergency health care aid and an initiative that provides continuity of care. He added that the plan not only adds financial assistance but accountability. Reforms included will prevent double dipping, prohibit surprise billing, and allow for-profit HMO’s to operate in Minnesota.
Gunther said the legislation will soon head to a joint House/Senate conference committee.
“We’re going to try and include every good idea that’s available, including competition with insurance companies and reducing the cost of medical care,” Gunther said. “Hopefully our final product is something that allows people to secure affordable health care and give them peace of mind.”
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