Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt says he believes lawmakers will “absolutely have something passed by the end of next week.” That’s after he and other legislative leaders met with Governor Dayton to discuss providing health insurance premium relief to help more than 125,000 Minnesotans. Dayton has blamed Republicans for holding up the process, but Daudt says his party was ready on day one of the session.
Republicans have been pushing for long-term health insurance reform. Today, Daudt said he share’s the governor’s sentiment that short-term relief should happen quickly, but there are some reforms that could go in the bill now–including continuity of care, and the governor seems willing to listen. The House will likely vote on the measure tomorrow and then the measure will go to conference committees.