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Saint Paul, Minnesota – State Representative Tom Huntley (DFL—Duluth), State Representative Erin Murphy (DFL—St. Paul) and Sen. Tony Lourey (DFL—Kerrick) joined 483 legislators, representing all 50 states, in filing an Amicus Brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Of those 483 legislators, 53 of them are from Minnesota.
“There is no doubt in my mind that the Affordable Care Act is not only constitutional, but will do so much in bettering the lives of Americans," said Rep. Huntley. “Many families in Minnesota are already benefiting from reforms that went into effect in 2010—children with preexisting conditions have reliable coverage, seniors are getting support to pay for their prescriptions, young people are able to stay on their parent’s plans until they are more financially stable and businesses are receiving tax credits so they can provide good health coverage for their employees. It’s clear that the ACA is working for Minnesotans.”
The ACA insures that most young adults are able to stay on their parents plan until they turn 26, providing coverage to an estimated 32,000 Minnesotans. Additionally, and perhaps most importantly, insurance companies are now prohibited from denying coverage to the 298,000 children in Minnesota with pre-existing conditions and seniors who had not qualified for prescription coverage in the past are now able to receive rebates for their prescription costs.
“Moving forward with the implementation of the ACA builds on the bipartisan reforms of 2008,” said Sen. Lourey. “This creates a window of opportunity to not only provide better care to Minnesotans, but to engage in sustainable reforms—the Minnesota way.”
Research has begun to indicate potential benefits to Minnesota’s budget resulting from implementation of the ACA. The surplus shown in November’s forecast was due in part to savings resulting from ACA implementation to the tune of $125 million. Looking to the future, the ACA is projected to reduce costs in Minnesota by a total of $1.7 billion over the next five years due to direct and indirect savings.
“Minnesotans have long supported reforms that promote wellness, assure affordable health care and the peace of mind that comes with it. The ACA delivers that.” said Rep. Murphy. “I hope that our GOP colleagues will join us in supporting the ACA and its obvious contribution to Minnesota’s budget and to the health of all Minnesotans.”
You can read the full text of the Amicus Brief at www.progressivestates.org/ACAamicus.
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