New State Budget Comes With Higher Costs for MinnesotaCare
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Monthly premiums for Minnesota's health care program for the working poor are increasing in August.
The new premium increases for MinnesotaCare vary based on income. The hikes range from as little as an extra $8 to as much as an additional $30. The new maximum monthly payment is $80.
A single adult making less than about $17,600 won't see higher premiums. Co-pays, deductibles and other charges are also set to increase in 2016.
Those hikes were part of a new health care budget passed by the Legislature this year for the low-cost health care program. House Republicans attempted to do away with MinnesotaCare altogether.
Sarah Greenfield of TakeAction Minnesota says she's glad the program was kept intact but says even the smallest cost increases will hit low-income Minnesotans.