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Reinsurance Bill Projected to Reduce Premium Costs by 17-18 percent
ST. PAUL – The Minnesota House of Representatives has approved the Minnesota Premium Security Plan (HF5), which establishes a state-based reinsurance program on a bipartisan vote of 78-53. This program is designed to stabilize premiums by mitigating the impact of high-risk individuals, or those who are the most sick, on the individual health insurance market. According to Minnesota Management and Budget, the proposal is estimated to reduce premiums by 17-18 percent.
“Too many people in Edina are facing increasingly unaffordable health insurance options year after year with high monthly costs and deductibles,” said Rep. Dario Anselmo, R-Edina. “The Minnesota Premium Security Plan is about providing more affordable coverage, stabilizing a floundering individual insurance market, improving competition, and ensuring that Minnesotans with more medical needs continue to have access to coverage.”
Prior to the Affordable Care Act, Minnesota had a nation-leading health insurance safety net program. Today, Minnesota’s individual insurance market is a third as large and twice as sick as it was before Obamacare.
According to the legislation, the Minnesota Premium Security Plan will be administered by the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association (MCHA), which for over forty years ran a high risk pool that brought stability to the individual market and ensured the sickest Minnesotans had access to needed coverage. It will be funded using existing revenue sources.
The MCHA board, comprised of members of the public and health plan experts, will design payment parameters to mitigate risk, stabilize or reduce premium rates, increase participation, and account for federal funding available for the plan.
The board will have authority to set:
Parameters will be submitted to the Department of Commerce for approval. The board will also have the authority to audit eligible health carriers and is required to contract with an independent auditor for an annual reinsurance program. The Senate is expected to pass a similar proposal in the coming days.
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