Bill includes premium relief, preservation of care, reforms to increase competition and choice
ST. PAUL – The Minnesota House overwhelmingly approved a package of health insurance relief and reform on Thursday, sending it to the governor for his anticipated approval.
The package (S.F. 1), which passed the Senate earlier in the day, provides a 25-percent premium reduction to Minnesotans who do not qualify for MNsure tax credits on the individual market. It also includes key Republican-led reforms to preserve care for those receiving life-saving treatments and increase competition and consumer choice moving forward.
“We’ve been hearing a lot from families that are hurting and getting hit hard not only by premium increases and limited access as well,” said Rep. Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent. “Hopefully this bill starts the rebuilding process so that as plans are created for 2018, we can increase accessibility and increase options so we can start turning this ship around from the iceberg that is Obamacare.”
The bill passed both bodies with bipartisan support and Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to sign it.
Republican-led reforms in the final bill include: