The “Doctors Caucus” of the Minnesota House and Senate announced a package of three bipartisan bills this week to make health care more accessible and affordable in Minnesota. With health care costs once again a big topic at the Capitol, the caucus worries that dramatic cost increases are not only making their patients sick but are keeping them from getting better.
One bill seeks to establish a commission to review changes in drug pricing and empower that commission to regulate the cost of drugs it deems unfairly priced. The second bill would provide direct relief to Minnesotans with high health insurance premiums through premium tax credits instead of reinsurance. The third bill in the package expands access to mental health services by requiring health insurance policies to cover a defined number of mental health visits each year.