Minnesota officials are still awaiting official word from the federal government on their request for a waiver regarding reinsurance. Earlier this year the state Legislature passed a $542 million package that would help health insurance companies in the individual market pay for large claims. But the state needs a waiver from the federal government before it can go into effect.
Gov. Mark Dayton says he's received word that the waiver will be granted, but as a consequence Minnesota will lose $369 million in federal funds for MinnesotaCare. If that happens, the Legislature may want to come up with a new health care plan.
One of the key leaders on this issue in the state Senate is Republican Michelle Benson. She spoke to MPR's Cathy Wurzer.
Click on the audio player above to hear their conversation.