ST. PAUL, MN—On Monday the Minnesota Department of Commerce released final rates for the 2018 individual insurance market, confirming that Republican-led reforms helped reverse the four straight years of double-digit premium increases and helped to expand health care choices to Minnesota families—particularly in rural areas. According to the Minnesota Department of Commerce, rates would have risen by 20 percent or higher without Republican reforms. The individual market serves Minnesotans who do not receive health insurance through their employer or the government.
Over the past four years, premium rates increased by double digits every year, including nearly 60 percent just one year ago. As a result of the reinsurance program recently approved by the federal government, all current insurers will continue serving the individual market next year. In addition, Republicans successfully pushed to expand health care options and improve access to hospitals and doctors. As part of the reinsurance legislation, providers are now required to offer in-network access to more than one health care provider system in the counties in which they operate.
Rep. Matt Grossell, R-Clearbrook, released the following statement regarding Monday's rate announcement:
“Northern Minnesota has been hit especially hard over the last few years by skyrocketing health care premiums and shrinking networks. Monday’s news is welcome relief to the thousands of Minnesotans who will benefit from reforms passed by Republicans during the 2017 session. We will continue to build on these reforms in the upcoming session and help reclaim Minnesota’s place as a national leader in health care.”