ST. PAUL, Minn – Senator Foung Hawj (DFL- St. Paul) voted in favor of immediate premium relief outlined in the Governor’s 25 percent Premium Relief Plan for Minnesota families in 2017. However, the Republican’s premium relief measure prevailed – a bill that delays payments to families to offset health care costs by at least a year, according to several state officials.
“Today I stood up for Minnesotans in East St. Paul – and across the state by saying yes to premium relief that could begin in a matter of a month or two. The Republican’s bill which ultimately passed on a party-line vote is bureaucratic, creates red tape for families – and most importantly wouldn’t get premium relief to families for an entire year. I’m so disappointed by this move. This forces the 125,000 Minnesotans who purchase their health insurance on the individual market into a tough choice. I pledge to continue this fight throughout session,” said Sen. Hawj.
Despite Thursday’s disappointing vote, Sen. Hawj is looking forward to serving on the following Senate committees: Minority Lead on the Agriculture, Rural Development and Housing Policy, Veterans, Natural Resources, and Capital Investment.