DFLers countered that
The comments came during news conferences Wednesday near the State Capitol after health insurers last week said they would hike premiums by 50 percent or more, and cap enrollment in some cases.
Regulators said the emergency measures were needed to prevent a collapse of the individual market, where about 5 percent of state residents buy health insurance.
"Minnesotans are in a health care crisis right now," said House Speaker
They also would dedicate to premium relief
Thissen said DFLers want to address the rising cost of health care by putting a lid on the cost of prescription drugs. They also want to eliminate "surprise bills" that are connected to out-of-network health care services -- a measure that
When it comes to health insurance coverage, DFLers have proposed expanding access to the MinnesotaCare program, Thissen said, and would consider a "reinsurance" program. Such a program would help insurers cover costs for individuals with unusually expensive health care needs, he said, but it's unclear how such a program would be funded.
There are different strategies for the state to consider, said Rep.
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