I had a chance to stop by Excelsior Bay Books earlier this week. It's one of the very best small independent bookstores around! I highly recommend a stroll down Water Street to visit all of the wonderful stores and restaurants that make it so special.
This morning, I attended the virtual monthly Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce Issues & Insights Legislative Meeting. We had a robust conversation on the state budget and what we are focused on delivering for Minnesota main street businesses recovering from the pandemic.
Special Health Insurance Enrollment Period and New Tax Credits
Some good news came this week for those who buy their health insurance on the individual market. The American Rescue Plan – passed by Congress and signed into law by President Biden earlier this year – increased federal tax credits toward health insurance premiums, and eligibility for the tax credits has been expanded. MNSure, our state health insurance exchange, has updated its system to reflect these changes. As a result, Minnesotans can now shop, compare, and enroll in plans with new cost savings by taking advantage of MNSure’s special enrollment period, which is open until July 16th. If you didn’t qualify for a tax credit when you previously shopped around for health insurance, it’s worth taking another look. If you need help, navigators are available here.
I remain committed to finding a solution to the problem of skyrocketing prescription drug prices. Medicines doesn’t work if people can't afford them. Check out my latest guest commentary in the StarTribune where I discuss an idea to address this problem so that all Minnesotans can access the medicines they need to survive and thrive.