Dayton: Time Running Out For Health Care Cost Fix
ST. PAUL (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton says time is running out to help Minnesota residents facing big health insurance premium hikes next year.
Rates are going up by as much as 67 percent next year for residents who buy coverage individually, and those who don't qualify for federal subsidies will bear the costs entirely. Dayton and lawmakers have discussed a special session to deliver relief but have made little headway.
Dayton urged lawmakers Wednesday to agree to his plan for a premium rebate. That would use $331 million in surplus funds to cover 25 percent of a monthly insurance payment.
House Republicans have proposed different relief mechanisms while also discussing longer-term overhaul. The Democratic governor says broader fixes are also needed but can wait.
Legislative leaders were set to meet again Monday.