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RELEASE: Rep. Nels Pierson Statement On MNsure Rate Increase

Thursday, September 1, 2016

ST. PAUL, MN—Health insurance premium rates through the failed $400 million MNsure website have reached historic levels. Preliminary rate increases were released through Healthcare.Gov on Thursday afternoon. Minnesota families and individuals who buy insurance on their own could pay an average increase around 60 percent, the highest average increase of any year since Governor Dayton and Democrats established MNsure.

Premiums in the MNsure exchange have risen in each of the three years new prices have been set, but the current hike is projected to be the largest once updated prices are finalized in the coming weeks.

“We’re fortunate to have world-class health care in our area, but our residents shouldn’t be paying more because of MNsure,” said Rep. Nels Pierson, R-Rochester. “I was proud to support a MNsure tax cut, and will continue to fight to lower health care costs and increase consumer choices.”

In 2016, Pierson voted to reduce the MNsure tax which would have saved families at least $22 million over the next three years. The measure passed the House, but was vocally opposed by Democrat legislators and was not enacted.