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RELEASE: STATEMENT FROM REP. BAKER ON PRELIMINARY INDIVIDUAL MARKET RATES

Friday, June 15, 2018

ST. PAUL, MN—On Friday, the Minnesota Department of Commerce released preliminary rates for the 2019 individual insurance market, revealing that for the second consecutive year, Republican-led reforms have helped reduce or hold flat individual market health insurance rates after years of double-digit increases following the implementation of Obamacare in Minnesota.

All five of the carriers on the individual market are projected to decrease premiums for 2019, with average preliminary rates dropping between 3% and 12.4%. The individual market serves Minnesotans who buy health insurance on their own, not through an employer or the government.

“Today’s news is a positive sign that our reforms are helping to make health insurance more affordable around the state,” said Rep. Dave Baker, R-Willmar. “I was proud to vote for this legislation, and am encouraged to see our efforts going to help Minnesotans.”

From 2014-2017, average rates increased by double digits every year, including nearly 60 percent for 2017. Thanks to reforms enacted in 2017, individual market rates for 2018 remained flat or were reduced for most Minnesotans on the individual market. The Minnesota Department of Commerce confirmed last year that without Republican reforms, rates would have risen by 20% or more.

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