Healthcare Workers Celebrate Victory as Historic Health Insurance Bill Signed Into Law

More than 300,000 uninsured Minnesotans will benefit from affordable, quality health care.

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Governor Dayton Signing the Bill

After a record-breaking debate in the Minnesota legislature, healthcare workers across the state are celebrating a milestone today in their effort to provide quality care to Minnesotans. Governor Dayton signed the Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange into law today, which will bring better healthcare coverage to 1.3 million Minnesotans, while saving Minnesotans more than $1 billion. In response to today’s signing, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota President Jamie Gulley issued the following statement:

“Today is a victory for all who share a goal of giving Minnesotans more affordable access to quality health care coverage. For the first time, Minnesotans will have a marketplace where insurance companies will compete for their business in an open and transparent way. While many have dealt with the frustrations of fine print and insurance jargon, the exchange will allow Minnesotans to easily compare health plans side-by-side and empower them to select the plan that best fits their needs and budget.

“By 2016, nearly 1.3 million Minnesotans will use the Exchange to access quality, affordable insurance. Of those, more than 300,000 are uninsured Minnesotans who would previously risk being turned away at hospitals and clinics. It is an incredible achievement to provide these Minnesotans with the peace of mind of knowing every plan offered through the Exchange will cover a comprehensive set of benefits like emergency room visits, prescriptions, mental health, and preventive care like cancer screenings and immunizations.

“Even more incredible is that this comprehensive coverage will be more affordable. Minnesotans are expected to save $1 billion by 2016. That’s $500 for the average family each year. In an economy where it seems costs continue to rise, the ability to provide affordable coverage to families is key to keeping Minnesotans healthy.

“We know there is much work yet to be done. I am proud of the active role our members at SEIU Healthcare have played during this process and look forward to continued input to ensure the best of interests of Minnesotans are at the heart of this program.”

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