Monthly Archive for January, 2017

Reminder! Don’t miss the Senate District 54 convention!

Faye Hatch Chairperson, Minnesota Senate District 54 Republicans

Faye Hatch
Chair, Minnesota Senate District 54 Republicans

By Faye Hatch BPOU Chair, 01/30/2017.

This is just a friendly reminder to not forget our Senate District 54 convention scheduled for 7:00 p.m., February 7, 2017, at Lighthouse Baptist Church, 9979 80th St. S., Cottage Grove, MN.

We do need a quorum and your participation is requested. Our meeting will be centered around any changes necessary for our SD 54 constitution, election of the SD 54 executive committee and election of State Central delegates and alternates.

If you wish to be nominated/run for a position on State Central for either Congressional District 2 or 4, you will need to sign up at the registration table on the appropriate sheet prior to 7:14 p.m. (time certain in the agenda).

We look forward to seeing you again!

For the Executive Committee,

Faye Hatch
Chairperson, Minnesota Senate District 54 Republicans

Rep Tony Jurgens Capitol Update: Health care emergency aid

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Representative Tony Jurgens

Representative Tony Jurgens

By Rep. Tony Jurgens, 1/27/2017

Hello from the State Capitol,

On January 26, the Minnesota House approved a compromise proposal crafted by House and Senate negotiators that addresses health care emergency aid and access.

The plan will offset the cost of premiums by 25 percent for qualifying enrollees who purchase health care coverage in the individual market this year. It will also bring some access, competition, and transparency to the system in numerous ways, such as allowing for-profit HMO’s to enter the marketplace, providing 120 day continuity of care for critical healthcare cases, modifying stop loss coverage to make it easier for more small businesses to offer affordable insurance to their employees, and instituting agricultural cooperative health plans, which allow organizations with member owners – such as farm cooperatives – to provide health insurance to their members.

Governor Dayton has signed the bill, which is fantastic news. Look for more health care reform proposals to move forward in the Minnesota House in the weeks ahead.

Wednesday represented American Bikers for Awareness, Training, and Education (ABATE) of Minnesota’s Day at the Capitol. After speaking to ABATE groups in the capitol rotunda, I was pleased to have local members of the St. Croix Valley Riders visit my office and discuss issues important to motorcyclists.

I also enjoyed visiting the IBEW Local 110 apprenticeship training center last week, and learning more about how newcomers to the electrical field are taught and prepared to enter the workforce.

Have a good weekend,
Tony

State Representative Tony Jurgens
523 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
651-296-3135
rep.tony.jurgens@house.mn

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Rep Keith Franke Capitol Update: An important day (1/27/2017)

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Representative Keith Franke

Representative Keith Franke

By Rep. Keith Franke, 1/27/2017

Dear Neighbors,

Here’s a short update from the last week.

Health Care Relief and Reform Bill Signed

Yesterday was arguably the most important day of the young legislative session. The House and Senate passed a health care bill that will make an immediate impact for thousands of Minnesotans.

The bill, which I co-authored, provides immediate premium relief for those buying insurance on the individual market. Folks in our area have contacted me about how they can’t afford their premiums each month, much less pay the deductible if something goes wrong. Our bill provides a 25% reduction for Minnesotans who can’t qualify for tax credits.

We also included meaningful reforms to preserve access, increase competition, and expand choice. These are important provisions as we continue to look for other long-term solutions. Our bill passed on a wide bipartisan vote, and the governor quickly signed it into law. It’s encouraging to see both parties come together to swiftly pass this bill.

South St. Paul Day at the Capitol

I sent an email earlier this week, but wanted to remind you that tomorrow is South St. Paul Day at the Capitol. This is a great chance to see many of you, and show you around the Capitol. I hope to see you tomorrow!

Please Contact Me

If you can’t make it, feel free to schedule an appointment that works for you. It’d be great to chat with you in my office if you get a chance! Earlier this week, I met with constituents from the SCVR. Thanks for stopping by, guys!

I can also be reached by phone and email if you have any questions on things we’re discussing. I’m here to help and serve you; please give me a call if you need anything.

Have a great weekend,
Keith

State Representative Keith Franke
567 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
651-296-4342
rep.keith.franke@house.mn

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South St Paul day at the State Capitol: January 28

Dear Neighbors,

We have a fun event coming up this weekend. On Saturday, January 28th, it’s South St. Paul Day at the Capitol. I’ll be joining Rep. Rick Hansen, Sen. Matt Klein and Sen. Dan Schoen at the Capitol to meet with you and show you around. The building has recently been updated, and it’s really amazing to visit and see.

We’ll have a free shuttle running from South St. Paul City Hall at 9:15am with tours taking place from 10am until noon. Full information on reserving bus space or a tour time can be found here. Pre-registration is required for the event, so please sign up soon using this link.

I can’t wait to see you on Saturday!

Keith

State Representative Keith Franke
567 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
651-296-4342
rep.keith.franke@house.mn

Rep. Tony Jurgens’ statement on the Health Care Emergency Aid and Access bill

HEALTH CARE EMERGENCY AID AND ACCESS PROPOSAL APPROVED IN MINNESOTA HOUSE

By Rep. Tony Jurgens, 1/20/2017

In visiting with many residents throughout the district last summer, the most consistent complaint I heard centered on rising health care costs. These people were outraged at having to spend thousands, and in some cases, tens of thousands of dollars each year on what they viewed as unsatisfactory health insurance, and wanted the legislature to act.

On January 19, the Minnesota House began to address this issue by approving the 2017 Health Care Emergency Aid and Access bill.

Under this proposal, we are establishing an assistance program to offset the cost of premiums for qualifying enrollees who purchase health care coverage in the individual market. Those eligible would qualify for premium assistance equaling 25 percent of their premium this year.

The plan also would bring some access, competition, and transparency to the system in numerous ways, such as ending surprise billing and allowing for-profit HMO’s to enter the marketplace.

But the most important provision may be the extension of the 120-day continuity of care for critical cases. Enrollees who lost their previous insurance and are receiving treatment with an out-of-network provider on a new health plan would be entitled to continuation. Conditions for the extension would include a life-threatening mental or physical illness; a pregnancy beyond the first trimester; a physical or mental disability defined as an inability to engage in one or more major life activities for more than a year; and a disabling or chronic condition that is in an acute phase.

I was pleased to co-author this plan, and I believe it’s important to remind people that this is not the overall health insurance solution, but a first step of many steps towards turning things around. The legislature must be focused on unraveling this healthcare mess this session and providing needed premium relief, preserving care for patients with serious conditions, and increasing options for those shopping for health insurance is a good place to start.

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Source:
http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/pressrelease.asp?pressid=27020&party=2&memid=15464