Minnesota House passes $300 million health premium rebate plan
January 20, 2017
The Minnesota House has approved a $300 million health premium rebate plan that GOP lawmakers say they intend to refine and forward to DFL Gov. Mark Dayton within a week.
The bill approved Thursday in the House would provide rebates for many of the approximately 123,000 Minnesotans who buy insurance on the individual market and do not qualify for subsidies to help with their surging premiums. It includes several other provisions Republicans said were meant to expand access to health care or make it more affordable, including coverage for people with serious conditions who lose their health insurance but still require treatment, and allowing for-profit health maintenance organizations, or HMOs, to operate in the state.