News from Representative Tom Emmer

Dear Friend,

Thousands depend on our state’s reinsurance program, which stabilizes the insurance marketplace to ensure that more Minnesotans have access to affordable, quality health care.

When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that they will reduce funding for Minnesota’s reinsurance program by approximately $100 million for the 2019 plan year without a clear reason why, I knew action had to be taken. That’s why I joined with my colleagues to urge CMS to reinstate full funding for Minnesota’s reinsurance program. 

Specifically, CMS previously indicated Minnesota should expect $183,930,230 for plan year 2019. However the state received a letter on November 30, 2018 stating that Minnesota would receive only $84,757,861 –which would be about $100 million less than the anticipated amount.

We wrote to CMS:

“A sudden notification that CMS would be reducing federal funding by roughly $100 million just one month before the 2019 plan year has created significant uncertainty for our state, and to date CMS has offered no explanation for why this dramatic reduction in funding has occurred. We strongly urge CMS to reconsider its decision and provide a level of pass-through funding for Minnesota that more closely matches the figure provided in the original 2017 agreement.”

You can read the full letter here.

Standing up for Minnesotans and their families is a top priority. If you have further questions regarding our letter to CMS, write to me here.

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