MN Legislative Update
It has only been one month since the beginning of the state legislative session, and a lot has happened in that time — both good and bad. Last week, Governor Mark Dayton signed into law a bill that'll provide immediate financial assistance to over 100,000 Minnesotans who cannot afford the prices being charged by Minnesota’s non-profit health insurance companies in the individual market. People buying individual coverage will see a one-time 25% premium reduction for 2017. There’s more: Governor Dayton also proposed to make MinnesotaCare a public option available to all Minnesotans in the individual health insurance market.I urge you to pause and think about this. Despite the times we are in, Minnesota keeps moving forward. We're upholding our vision. We believe health care can be better for everyone. And, in this political moment, we recognize every effort to #BelieveResist.Call Governor Dayton at 651-201-3400 and say THANK YOU for including a MinnesotaCare buy-in in his budget. Unfortunately, Minnesota House and Senate leaders refused to agree to this assistance without also making other dangerous changes to state health insurance policies, including allowing for-profit health insurance companies to sell insurance in Minnesota. With that decision, legislators broke a long-standing principle of our health care system and sent the message that it is OK for shareholders to profit from the illness and suffering of others.Legislative leaders also want to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to subsidize Minnesota insurance companies through something called “reinsurance.” This is a huge giveaway to corporate insurers that are sitting on billions of dollars in reserves — what you and I would call profits. We need to stop propping up a system of broken, market-driven corporate insurance and instead invest in what works.Thankfully, Governor Dayton has proposed to make MinnesotaCare a public option available to all Minnesotans buying insurance in the individual market, as part of his budget. This is a huge opportunity for us to get more people access to a long-standing, successful and popular public health care program, and we need to make sure this happens this year.Call Governor Dayton at 651-201-3400 and say THANK YOU for including a MinnesotaCare buy-in in his budget.