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Leader Hortman Statement on Premium Relief

Thursday, January 19, 2017



Susie Merthan (651) 296-4169


January 19, 2017

Leader Hortman Statement on Premium Relief

SAINT PAUL – Today, the Minnesota House is expected to debate HF1. HF1 would delay premium rebates to Minnesotans until 2018 and includes long term changes that could further de-stabilize the individual market.

House DFL Leader Melissa Hortman released the following statement:

“Minnesota families facing steep premium increases in the individual market need help now, not later. That’s why Democrats support the Governor’s proposal to provide relief to Minnesotans quickly.

“Unfortunately, Speaker Daudt and Republicans are delaying relief to Minnesotans by taking something Minnesotans need badly and making it political. We should do the right thing today and come together to pass immediate premium relief to Minnesotans now, and work on thoughtful long-term reforms to stabilize the market as session moves forward.”

Governor Dayton’s plan could get Minnesotans relief by March, and would be retroactive to January 1, 2017.