Senator Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis) today released the following statement related to bills to develop Health Benefits Exchanges that have been introduced by both parties in the Minnesota Legislature.
“Both GOP and DFL members of the Minnesota Senate have introduced bills that would develop Health Benefits Exchanges in Minnesota. The development of a Health Benefits Exchange is a key responsibility for Minnesota to fulfill the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”).
I am calling on the leadership of the Minnesota Senate to ensure that the Health and Human Services committee has the opportunity to give all Exchange development bills a full hearing. Members of the HHS committee should give full consideration to these bills, which will have far reaching impact on the health of Minnesotans. The citizens of Minnesota also deserve to voice their opinions about these critical pieces of legislation.”
Bills that create components of a Health Benefit Exchange in Minnesota include:
·SF 2313 (Hann): creating trust fund account system for the receipt of state and federal subsidies; connecting employers and consumers with applicable tax credits; creating a private Health Insurance Marketplace Website Task Force.
·SF 2255 (Gerlach): creating a Health Benefits Exchange pursuant to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; restricting authority of the Health Benefits Exchange.
·SF 2035 (Hann): applying licensure requirements to navigators, as defined under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148).
·SF 2441 (Hayden): creating the Minnesota Health Benefits exchange, to operate a consumer-friendly marketplace.
·SF 1872 (Lourey): requiring the commissioner of commerce to supervise the creation of the Minnesota Insurance Marketplace board for protection of competition of health benefits plans; specifying certain duties.