Dayton Budget Proposal Offers Health Insurance Premium Relief for Some Minnesotans

January 03, 2017 12:22 PM

Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday introduced his first budget proposal of the 2017 legislative session. The proposal would reduce health insurance premiums by 25 percent for 125,000 Minnesotans.

Dayton has pursued health insurance premium relief for Minnesotans for more than two months, since first proposing the idea for a possible special session.


He's calling on lawmakers, who were just starting the 2017 legislative session Tuesday, to approve his plan by Friday.

"Open enrollment ends at the end of January and lawmakers need to act fast in order to provide Minnesotans with some sort of relief," Dayton said.

Dayton's budget proposal would reduce the average premium increase from 55 percent to 16 percent for affected Minnesotans, and could take affect by March 1, if enacted Tuesday.

SEE ALSO: Fact Sheet Released by Dayton's Office

Those affected would receive subsidies being retroactive, to reimburse the high cost some families are already paying.

"For more than two months, I have proposed this relief, so that 125,000 Minnesotans can better afford the health care they need and deserve," Dayton said. " I urge the legislature to agree to health insurance premium relief immediately, so that we can get help to the Minnesotans who need it most."


Cleo Greene

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