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ST. PAUL, MN—On Monday the Minnesota Department of Commerce released final rates for the 2018 individual insurance market, confirming that Republican-led reforms helped reverse the four straight years of double-digit premium increases and helped to expand health care choices to Minnesota families—particularly in rural areas. According to the Minnesota Department of Commerce, rates would have risen by 20 percent or higher without Republican reforms. The individual market serves Minnesotans who do not receive health insurance through their employer or the government.
Over the past four years, premium rates increased by double digits every year, including nearly 60 percent just one year ago. As a result of the reinsurance program recently approved by the federal government, all current insurers will continue serving the individual market next year. In addition, Republicans successfully pushed to expand health care options and improve access to hospitals and doctors. As part of the reinsurance legislation, providers are now required to offer in-network access to more than one health care provider system in the counties in which they operate.
Rep. Nels Pierson, R-Stewartville, released the following statement regarding Monday's rate announcement:
"Southeast Minnesota has been hit hard by shrinking networks and higher costs over the past several years. Today's news is an indication that the reforms we passed are working and helping lower costs and expand health care access for families. I hope we can continue building on these reforms next session and continue our efforts to restore Minnesota's place as a nationwide leader in health care."
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