What’s going to happen to the federal health law? The quick answer is no one knows. But in the midst of the uncertainty about the Affordable Care Act, states still must govern their insurance markets. Most have been muddling through with the 2017 status quo, but Minnesota is a special case, taking three unusual actions that are worth a closer look.
Last month, Minnesota:
- Passed a one-time bailout for some consumers in the individual insurance market dealing with skyrocketing premiums.
- Rejected an attempt to let insurers offer cheaper, bare-bones coverage.
- Laid the groundwork for a sort of homegrown “public option” insurance plan.
Here’s more on each item.
Faced with some of the country’s highest hikes on premiums in the individual market — 50 to 67 percent, on average — Minnesota lawmakers passed a bailout for people who earn too much to qualify for the Affordable Care Act’s federal tax credit. The $300 million law will cut monthly 2017 premiums by 25 percent for about 125,000 Minnesotans.