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REP. DAVIDS REINSURANCE BILL APPROVED IN MINNESOTA HOUSE, COULD LOWER HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUMS BY NEARLY 20 PERCENT

Thursday, March 16, 2017

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota House of Representatives has approved the Minnesota Premium Security Plan, which establishes a state-based reinsurance program. 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.

 

“This is another significant step towards reversing the devastating impacts caused by MNsure and Obamacare and actually improving the health insurance market for hardworking Minnesotans,” said State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston), chief author of the Minnesota Premium Security Plan. “This legislation ensures that Minnesotans with the greatest medical needs will be taken care of while also potentially reducing premium rates by roughly 18 percent or more.”

 

Davids noted that prior to Obamacare, Minnesota had a health insurance safety net program and it was a model for the nation. 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:

• Attachment point beyond which costs are eligible ($50,000 or more)

• Coinsurance rate (between 50-70%)

• Reinsurance cap ($250,000 or less)

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 audit.

 

“By taking some of the pressure off the carriers, our hope is that more carriers will come in,” Davids said. “The goal is to provide more choice and to drive costs down so we can maintain an individual health care market