Dayton Presses For Health Insurance Premium Relief

Republicans agree on providing relief, though signal that they are pushing for further reforms to MNsure, the individual health insurance marketplace.

Gov. Mark Dayton is pushing for a new health insurance tax credit that he said could reduce premiums for 125,000 Minnesotans by 25 percent.
The proposal is aimed at those who purchased a policy on the individual market but failed to qualify for federal subsidies because their income was too high. Average rates for 2017, announced late last year, are an eye-popping 60 percent higher.
The premium relief looks largely like what Dayton proposed shortly after the rates were announced, when he called for a special session. That plan fizzled out after the governor and Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt were unable to reach an agreement.
Republicans appear unlikely to pass a standalone premium relief bill. The GOP is seeking broader changes to MNsure, according to the Pioneer Press.
It’s likely to be a contentious legislative session, with Dayton squaring off against the GOP, which controls both the House and Senate. With no reelection campaign to worry about, he’s likely to be bolder in pressing for his priorities.
“I’m not going to go quietly into the night,” he told the Star Tribune.