Health insurance premium relief passes MN Legislature, heads to Mark Dayton for signature – TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press

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Gov. Mark Dayton could sign health insurance premium relief into law thursday evening or Friday morning after both chambers of the Minnesota Legislature approved the bill thursday afternoon.

A few hours after the Senate approved health insurance premium relief 47-19, the House approved it 108-19.

Once it becomes law, the measure would provide 25 percent discounts to the roughly 120,000 people buying insurance on the individual market who don’t get federal subsidies to offset soaring premiums. It will cost taxpayers an estimated $310 million to reimburse insurers for the discounts.

It also includes several other provisions affecting health insurance. Some are uncontroversial, such as a $15 million provision helping people with serious medical conditions keep their doctors into 2017 even if they’ve lost their old plan’s network.

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