Senjem update

In letter, news by Bruce Kaskubar0 Comments

Neighbors, With state agency departments and senate committees informational overviews completed, Senate Committees started their real work of hearing bills this week. We were all frightened on Tuesday evening when Governor Dayton suffered a fainting spell and saddened by his announcement that he has prostate cancer. We should all keep the governor in our thoughts and prayers as he battles his disease. The governor is a fighter, and I know he’ll beat his disease. Here’s a highlight of the week’s legislative actions. Health insurance relief compromise sent to the governor This week the Senate and House finished work on the health insurance premium relief and Governor Dayton signed the relief bill on Thursday. Under the relief plan, anyone who purchases insurance on the individual market but does not …

Pierson update

In letter, news by Bruce Kaskubar0 Comments

Dear Neighbors, We passed some major legislation at the Capitol, and I wanted to make sure you’re current with what’s happening in St. Paul. Health Care Reform Yesterday was a big day in the House of Representatives. As you probably know, Minnesota’s individual health care market has struggled since the early days of Obamacare. This year, some families saw a 60% increase on their premiums, and that doesn’t even factor in sky-high deductibles. With rising costs and decreased health care options, we had to make significant changes. Last night, we passed the 2017 Health Care Emergency Aid and Access bill on a bipartisan vote, and Governor Dayton has already signed it. This bill provides short-term, emergency relief and reform. The aid will go to residents throughout the state, …

Senjem Update

In letter by Bruce Kaskubar0 Comments

January 20, 2017 Dear Friends, The 2017 legislative session finished its third week full week in session. Most Senate committees finished presenting their state agency overview. However, the Health care, and Tax committees were hard at work as they passed major relief legislation with bipartisan support. Emergency Health Care Relief Legislators and Governor Dayton have proposed immediate relief for the approximately 125,000 Minnesotans who have purchased health insurance through the individual market. Minnesotans are facing four major healthcare problems: Unaffordable premium increases Unexpectedly narrow networks Uncertainty in the individual market Lack of options in Greater Minnesota The relief and reforms included in the Senate Healthcare Emergency Aid and Access Act (SF1) were the topic of urgent debate for months after healthcare premiums skyrocketed for those who purchase insurance …