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Minnesota Senate vote sets up clash over lowering health care costs


March 12, 2019

Leila Navidi – Star Tribune

Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R-Nisswa), center and flanked by fellow Republicans after a legislative meeting in February.

The Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate on Monday voted to extend a state program aimed at curbing health care premiums for residents who purchase plans through the individual market, setting the stage for a clash with Democrats over the best approach for lowering costs.

The reinsurance program, launched in 2017, uses a combination of state and federal funds to offset health insurer costs for covering plan participants with high medical bills. It has been credited with helping lower premium prices for the roughly 155,000 residents who buy insurance on their own.


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