ST. PAUL, Minn – Sen. John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin) joined his Senate DFL colleagues in their call for a special session to address rising health insurance premiums. On Thursday, the Senate DFL sent a letter to Governor Mark Dayton formally requesting a special session, saying there are viable solutions that have already been developed that could offer a short-term fix to avoid people having to pay skyrocketing premiums that are set to go into effect in January.
“I’m completely supportive of calling for a special session. People are scared and they’re frustrated with these skyrocketing costs. It’s incredibly important that we make a concerted effort to address these premium hikes immediately. We already have a bill drafted called the Minnesota Health Insurance Premiums Tax Credit that would ensure families aren’t paying more than 9.6 percent of their annual incomes to premiums. This can serve as a stopgap while we work on more comprehensive long-term reforms during regular session,” said Sen. Hoffman.