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House, Senate DFLers reintroduce Minnesota Health Plan

Sponsors claim the new statewide system would not require copays or deductibles.

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The Minnesota Senate convenes at the state Capitol in St. Paul. (Forum News Service file photo)

This week, over 50 members of the Minnesota House and Minnesota Senate are reintroducing a previously proposed Minnesota Health Plan that would cover all medical needs for Minnesotans while still costing less than the current system.

The plan would not require any copays or deductibles, patients would have the ability to choose their providers, and premiums would be based on affordability.

“Almost half (45%) of Minnesotans reported having to delay or forgo needed health care due to cost last year. Subsidizing insurance companies in hopes of bringing down costs is not the change that Minnesotans need,” stated Sen. John Marty, DFL-Roseville, in a news release. “By delivering care efficiently, the MHP would cost Minnesotans less than we are currently spending while giving comprehensive healthcare to everyone. The Minnesota Health Plan would not be insurance company-run or government-run healthcare. Instead, medical decisions would be made by patients and their doctors.”

“The proposed Minnesota Health Plan would cover all medically necessary care, including dental, vision, hearing, mental health, chemical dependency treatment, prescription drugs, and long-term care,” stated Rep. Cedrick Frazier, DFL-New Hope, in the release. “Families state-wide depend on us to deliver affordable change, and the Minnesota Health Plan is our best option to respond with bold action, not promises.”

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