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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Minnesota Senate passes health insurance premium relief

Republicans in the Minnesota Senate have passed Senate File 1, relief for health insurance premium increases.

The Associated Press:

But Thursday’s action on a major priority in the 2017 legislative session doesn’t mean the work is over. The House is expected to pass similar legislation next week, but they’ll need to iron out major differences with Gov. Mark Dayton before checks start going out.

Republicans who control the Legislature have advocated for income-based subsidies to offset the 50 percent to 67 percent hikes on the individual market this year. They’re also pushing for broader reforms like allowing for-profit insurers to sell plans in Minnesota.

The House is expected to take up its version of the measure next week and pass a slightly different bill. That would send the issue into a House–Senate conference committee that would bring in the Dayton administration to work on a final bill.

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