St. Paul, Minn. – A package of bills expanding access to affordable, high-quality health care for all Minnesotans were introduced by Senator Matt Klein (DFL – South St. Paul) on Thursday. The bills would allow different options to buy into MinnesotaCare, which currently helps over 90,000 Minnesotans receive high-quality health care.
“We must make expanding access to affordable, high-quality health care a top priority in 2019, and this legislation will move us forward,” said Senator Klein. “Across the state of Minnesota, high-quality health care remains out of reach for too many people, putting their health and well-being at risk. MinnesotaCare provides a critical lifeline for over 90,000 Minnesotans already, and it’s time we make it an option for everyone.”
The three bills that were introduced provide different buy-in options for MinnesotaCare:
- SF 684: Allowing MinnesotaCare buy-in for Minnesotans who live in a county where only one plan is available.
- SF 719: Allowing MinnesotaCare buy-in for Minnesotans across the state regardless of available plans or income level.
- SF 720: Allowing MinnesotaCare buy-in for Minnesotans who are not currently eligible for federal tax credits on the exchange.
While two of the three bills would require a federal waiver for approval, SF 720 (allowing a buy-in for those ineligible for tax credits) does not, and would provide immediate relief for those indivuduals who make too much to currently qualify for MinnesotaCare. Together, the legislation would expand health care options for thousands across the state and enjoys public support of 70% of Minnesotans according to recent polling.
About Senator Matt Klein
Matt Klein is a medical doctor and state senator who represents Inver Grove Heights, West St. Paul, South St. Paul, Mendota Heights, and a portion of Eagan. He is a member of the following committees: Capital Investment; Health and Human Services Finance and Policy; and Human Services Reform Finance and Policy. A high-resolution photo of Sen. Klein is available for download here.