Will GOP reinsurance plans lower premiums for Minnesotans in 2018?

Health insurance exchange meeting
Republicans, from left, Sen. John Carlson, R-Bemidji, Sen. David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, Rep. David Hancock, R-Bemidji, Sen. Michelle Benson, R-Ham Lake, and Sen. Branden Peterson, R-Andover, at the Capitol listening to a conversation about health insurance.
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In a Republican-controlled Legislature, Sen. Michelle Benson, R-Ham Lake, believes the best way forward in the health care debate is not repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but to stop health insurers from leaving the market.

Benson, the chair of the Senate's Health and Human Services Finance and Policy committee, pushed the reinsurance plan which allocates state money to help insurers cover unusually expensive claims in order to keep premiums low.

She talked about how other states are using "innovation waivers" from the federal government to explore ways to lower health care costs and increase access to doctors.

To hear the full conversation use the audio player above.

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