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01/27/2017

Minnesotans who have been devastated by a lack of access to health insurance or unaffordable health care premiums have received some good news according to State Representative Bob Gunther (R-Fairmont).

Both the Minnesota House and Senate have approved legislation providing some premium relief and health care reforms, and Governor Dayton has signed it into law.

“This bill was designed to take care of the most immediate needs and to start making improvements for the future,” Gunther said. “It’s a good start, but our work is far from finished.”

The legislation allocates more than $325 million to provide premium relief and ensure continuity of care for people who were receiving treatment from a physician but lost that ability when they were forced to switch insurance plans.

Other reforms included will allow for-profit HMO’s to operate in Minnesota, provide an audit to determine how the plan is working, and institute agricultural cooperative health plans, allowing organizations with member owners – such as farm cooperatives – to provide health insurance to their members.

“Moving forward there are a great number of things we can do to prevent these continued health insurance problems from reoccurring,” Gunther said. “Our goal is to make medical insurance and medical costs less expensive and more affordable for residents, and I look forward to that challenge.”


ROD HALVORSEN
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