Governor Mark Dayton says he’s not satisfied with responses and commitments that the heads of five large H-M-Os made to him regarding controversial “reinsurance” legislation the Republican-controlled state Senate passed last night. Dayton says if taxpayers are to provide 300 million dollars a year in an attempt to hold down health insurance premiums,”The people of Minnesota have a right to know, is this gonna mean that people who are now providing this coverage are gonna continue to do so in 2018? And are the rates they’re gonna charge gonna be ones that are reduced to zero, or close to zero — the increases?”
Health plan officials have said they can’t make any guarantees. Some warn that unless the state picks up the cost of care for the most seriously-ill Minnesotans, more health insurance carriers will leave the market.