Rep. Long and Sen. Wiklund statements on MinnesotaCare Public Option report

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Today, the Minnesota Department of Commerce issued a report – authorized during the 2023 legislative session – regarding a potential public health insurance option in Minnesota.

House Majority Leader Jamie Long (DFL – Minneapolis) issued the following statement:

“Too many Minnesotans still don’t have access to affordable health coverage. Working families across the state are stuck with the difficult choice between expensive insurance plans they often can’t use or going without health insurance. Minnesota Democrats are committed to charting a path forward to expand affordable coverage so tens of thousands more Minnesotans can have the quality, affordable, accessible health care they deserve. There is certainly more work to be done, but today’s report puts us on a path to a credible public option and we have our sleeves rolled up to do this important work.”

Sen. Melissa Wiklund (DFL – Bloomington), chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, issued the following statement:

“I am incredibly grateful for the painstaking work by state agency staff and Milliman to produce this extensive report. And in such a remarkably short time. I am pleased to see the wealth of data and analysis that will help us deliver better health care coverage to more Minnesota families across the state, and I look forward to diving into the full breadth of the information over the coming days. We know there is more work before us, but I am confident we have a solid foundation for the next phase in our pursuit of a public option and the affordable and comprehensive coverage Minnesotans deserve.”

Senator Melissa Wiklund
Melissa Wiklund represents District 51, which includes portions of Bloomington and Richfield in the southern Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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