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October is here and it has been extremely wet. Hopefully it will be a gorgeous fall night for football when the Maple Grove Crimson take on Lakeville North and the Osseo Orioles travel to take on Totino Grace. Good luck boys! Our local paper always does a nice job keeping up with the local high school sports teams, take a look here.
Rep. Smith spoke to talk to high school students about the role of faith in public life.
October Capitol Retort
As previously mentioned, I have become a regular panelist for Minnesota Lawyer as part of their monthly series Capitol Retort where we give our thoughts on the hot local and nation issues of the day. Here is a small sample of the interview from this month's issue:
A link to the full interview is behind a pay-wall but available here.
Health Insurance Rate Update
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. According to the Minnesota Department of Commerce, rates would have risen by 20 percent or higher without Republican reforms.
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.
In addition, last Friday, Minnesota Management and Budget announced that more than 112,000 Minnesotans have benefited from the premium assistance program that was passed this past session. This program was established to help those Minnesotans who were most negatively affected by skyrocketing insurance costs due to Obamacare.
High School Page Program
The Minnesota House of Representatives High School Page Program is now accepting applications. Over the last 40 years the program has provided high school juniors with hands-on access to our state government in action. I encourage any high school junior who may be interested in learning more about the legislative process to apply for the page program by December 1st. Click here to apply!
Please continue to share your thoughts with me about our state government; bill ideas and concerns are welcomed! I am honored to serve you at the Capitol. My email address is Rep.Dennis.Smith@house.mn, phone number 651-296-5502, and by mail: 375 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155.
Have a great weekend!
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