Gov. Mark Dayton recently released his first budget proposal of the 2017 legislative session, calling for a 25 percent reduction in health insurance premiums for the more than 125,000 Minnesotans facing significant increases in the individual market.
“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,” said Dayton. “I urge the legislature to agree to health insurance premium relief immediately, so that we can get help to the Minneso-tans who need it most.”
The governor’s plan would reduce the average premium increase facing Minnesotans in the individual market from 55 percent to 16 percent. Under the governor’s plan, some families could save as much as $594 per month on their health insurance premiums. If approved soon, Minnesotans could start seeing relief by March 1, with subsidies being retroactive, to reimburse the high costs some Minnesotans are already paying.
Gov. Dayton is calling for legislators to approve this relief by this Friday (Jan. 6).
Gov. Dayton first proposed a premium relief plan in October, but legislative leaders were unable to come to agreement on the plan, leaving more than 125,000 Minnesotans facing rising health insurance premiums.
If the governor’s proposal had been passed during a special session, it could have taken effect immediately in January and would have given Minnesotans some certainty about what their premium costs would be and what they can afford.
 As part of his 2017 “Budget for a Better Minnesota,” Dayton is calling for a 25 percent health insurance premium reduction to address rising health insurance premiums for the 125,000 Minneso-tans who are expected to purchase health insurance on the individual market in 2017 and who do not receive federal tax credits.
The governor’s direct relief would reduce average 2017 rate increases from 55 percent to 16 percent for individuals with incomes over $47,520 and families of four with incomes over $97,200, but who did not receive federal tax credits.