Lt. Governor Tina Smith and Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper will hold a town hall meetings in Willmar this Friday, December 8, 2017, on the “MinnesotaCare Buy-In” proposal.
The plan would allow Minnesotans who purchase their health coverage on the individual market to buy into MinnesotaCare – a program that offers high-quality health insurance at more affordable prices. Lt. Governor Smith and Commissioner Piper will also hold town hall meetings in Moorhead on December 15, 2017, and in Minneapolis on December 18, 2017. At these meetings, Lt. Governor Smith and Commissioner Piper will review the proposal with Minnesotans, hear their health care stories, and discuss what we can do together to improve access to affordable health insurance.
Governor Dayton and Lt. Governor Smith proposed the MinnesotaCare Buy-In last year. To lower prices and improve access for an estimated 100,000 more Minnesotans, the Governor and Lt. Governor want to give all Minnesotans who purchase their health insurance on the individual market the choice to buy into MinnesotaCare. Those who choose “MinnesotaCare Buy-In” would pay their own way – meaning the cost of their premiums would pay for their coverage.
While the Legislature did not approve MinnesotaCare Buy-In during the 2017 Legislative Session, they will have the opportunity to consider the proposal in 2018. If the plan is approved, MinnesotaCare Buy-In coverage would cost less than commercial health insurance plans. On top of those savings, Minnesotans who purchase MinnesotaCare Buy-In would still be eligible for federal tax credits through MNsure. This year, more than 70 percent of MNsure enrollees are receiving tax credits, averaging about $638 per month, or $7,656 per year.
WILLMAR TOWN HALL MEETING DETAILS
Lt. Governor Tina Smith
Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper
Willmar area residents
Town hall meeting to discuss MinnesotaCare Buy-In
Friday, December 8, 2017
Willmar Public Library, Multi-Purpose Room
410 Fifth Street Southwest
Willmar, Minnesota 56201