(Learfield News Wire/St. Paul, MN) Governor Mark Dayton has signed into law legislation giving a state-paid 25 percent discount in 2017 to those hit with big health insurance premium increases in the individual market — an estimated 125-thousand Minnesotans.
The Minnesota House passed the compromise bill just hours before.
The governor says he appreciates Republicans agreeing to his plan to provide the premium relief as quickly as possible — officials say probably by the end of April, plus retroactive refunds for 2017 premiums people will have already paid. Dayton also applauds a provision allowing seriously ill patients to keep their current doctor during their ongoing course of treatment.
But the governor says he does not agree with other changes Republicans insisted on — most notably, allowing out-of-state and for-profit insurance companies to sell health insurance policies in Minnesota.