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RELEASE: Rep. Jim Nash Statement On MNsure Rate Increase

Thursday, September 1, 2016

ST. PAUL, MN—Health insurance premium rates through the failed $400 million MNsure website have reached historic levels. Preliminary rate increases were released through Healthcare.Gov on Thursday afternoon. Minnesota families and individuals who buy insurance on their own could pay an average increase around 60 percent, the highest average increase of any year since Governor Dayton and Democrats established MNsure.

Premiums in the MNsure exchange have risen in each of the three years new prices have been set, but the current hike is projected to be the largest once updated prices are finalized in the coming weeks.

“The abject failure of MNsure continues to impose increasing health care costs on families across Carver County and the state,” said Rep. Jim Nash, R-Waconia. “MNsure is a broken system, and has been since DFL jammed it down the throats of Minnesotans. This session, House Republicans passed a $22 million MNsure tax cut to save your hard-earned dollars from being spent on a broken system, but Democrats rejected it. We need to continue to try and lower costs, not increase taxes like the DFL proposed.”

In 2016, Nash voted to reduce the MNsure tax which would have saved families at least $22 million over the next three years. The measure passed the House, but was vocally opposed by Democrat legislators and was not enacted.