Statement from Sen. Schoen: Republican Votes for Delayed 2017 Premium Relief
ST. PAUL, Minn – Senator Dan Schoen (DFL- Cottage Grove) voted in favor of immediate premium relief outlined in the Governor’s 25 percent Premium relief Plan for Minnesota families in 2017. Unfortunately the premium relief measure approved by a party-line vote would delay any payments to families to offset health care costs would not be dispersed until 2018, per several state officials.
“I’m disappointed the plan the GOP put forward delays premium insurance relief until 2018, grows government to make that happen and then taxes the rebate as income when it is finally received over a year later,” said Senator Schoen. “When Minnesotans must pay $500 a month on average and wait a year for a rebate, things like braces for their kids, new dentures, and paying off other debt may be delayed as family’s max out credit cards to make ends meet. The Governor’s premium rebate proposal is targeted to help families who are not eligible for federal advanced premium tax credits and whose income is above $47,520 for an individual and $97,200 for a family of four. The haphazard way this was done prevented amendments from being proposed, created logistical nightmares for paperwork, and prevented us from figuring out how much the GOP plan will cost to implement and grow government. Relief should be now.”