Insurance premiums are no longer affordable for individuals trying to buy directly from a health insurance company. If our farmers, self-employed individuals and others who can’t get health insurance through their employers can pool their buying power, then they can get good health care at an affordable price. Our farmers understand the power of cooperative buying. It’s time we all had that option!
Minnesota legislators considered and rejected the opportunity in the 2017 and 2018 legislative sessions to open the MinnesotaCare to anyone in Minnesota
MinnesotaCare is a state run program that allows low income persons to buy insurance if they meet specific income standards, and the state subsidizes the insurance coverage. Under the proposed “buy-in plan for all Minnesotans” anyone could get a plan through MinnesotaCare, but people above the income threshold would pay the full premium.
This plan would provide important coverage to Minnesotans facing high premiums or dwindling health-plan options and has been supported by many farmers who attended the Minnesota Farmers’ Union listening sessions in 2017-2018. The full report can be found at MFU Rural Voices Discussion March 27 - April 11, 2018