St. Paul, Minn. – Senator Greg Clausen (DFL – Apple Valley) today called on legislative leaders to immediately pass Governor Dayton and Senator Tony Lourey’s health care relief bill. The plan, first proposed over 70 days ago, is simple: reduce individual market premiums by 25%. Over 125,000 Minnesotans would have their premiums decrease, with some families saving up to $594 per month. Minnesotans would see relief on their premium statements in March and discounted rates would be retroactive to January 1, 2017.
“Over 125,000 Minnesotans cannot wait another week, much less a year, to receive relief from high individual market insurance premiums,” said Senator Clausen. “Our plan is simple: provide immediate relief now. In fact, the Legislature could pass a bill today which has already been vetted and provides immediate relief to the individual market. Governor Dayton and Senator Lourey’s bill is not a long term fix, but providing assistance through a 25% decrease in premium prices is what Minnesota families need from us today.”
“I look forward to working with both the DFL and GOP to debate long-term fixes to the individual market this session,” Clausen said. “However, the current push by the majority party to rush through a bill which has not had proper time for vetting is concerning. The bill itself would delay relief until 2018 and create new layers of bureaucracy and red tape.”
“Our constituents want relief, not red tape and delay,” Clausen concluded. “I urge the Majority Leader to schedule Senator Lourey’s bill and provide relief today.”