ST. PAUL, MN – By a vote of 36 to 30 the Republican Health and Human Services bill passed off the Senate floor Monday night. While the debate on the bill stirred passions and is deemed fairly controversial, Sen. Matt Little (DFL-Lakeville) proposed an amendment that enjoyed broad bipartisan support. The amendment would let Minnesotans cancel their health insurance plans online either on the MNsure website or through their individual health plan. Sen. Little explains why this is an important change to the law:
“This legislation is an acknowledgement to Minnesotans that time is money. I personally called up MNsure to cancel my private coverage and spent an hour and a half on hold; so I can see why people complain about the cancellation process. Currently, you have to call MNsure if you want to cancel your coverage. This legislation requires MNsure to create a form that allows people to cancel online. At the end of the day this proposal was about consumer choices and simplifying the process of canceling your coverage,” said Sen. Little.
The amendment was put onto the larger HHS bill by a unanimous voice vote. The bill now moves to conference committee with the House of Representatives.