The Minnesota Legislature goes back into session at noon today, and one of the first issues — after failed attempts for a special session — will be skyrocketing health insurance premiums on MNsure. Legislative leaders have said they want to deal with it right away. Hamline University analyst David Schultz says in principle an agreement is there, but he doesn’t know what will happen with so many new members in the legislature. “Whether or not they really have a consensus on it, I’m not sure, because they really haven’t been able to negotiate in terms of reaching an agreement,” says Schultz.
Short-term relief is one thing, but long-term reform that Republicans want is more complicated. Schultz says much depends on what happens with the Trump administration’s pledge to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. He says, “What they’re gonna do at the federal level has a huge bearing regarding what the State of Minnesota can or should do in terms of MNsure.” Schultz says one option the governor suggested earlier — Minnesota going over to the federal exchange — probably will not be possible.
Listen here for a comprehensive review of major issues in the upcoming session, plus Schultz’s predictions: