Mark Dayton cranks up pressure on feds to protect health programs


September 21, 2017

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton blasted federal health officials Wednesday for holding up approval of a program meant to lower health insurance costs and threatening millions of dollars in cuts to health care for the working poor.

State lawmakers tackled a precarious health insurance market on their own this year, creating a $542 million reinsurance pool to help lower costs for 2018 after years of inflating premiums for shoppers who buy coverage on their own. But Minnesota is one of just two states to also offer a so-called basic health program — covering low-income residents with the help of extra federal dollars — and it’s causing the state problems.


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