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Notice of Public Comment Period and Information Meetings: Section 1332 State Innovation Waiver

4/28/2017 10:52:07 AM

Draft Application for a State Innovation Waiver to Stabilize Minnesota’s Individual Health Insurance Market and Reduce Premiums for Consumers

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Minnesota Department of Commerce will conduct public information meetings and accept public comments on the draft application for a Section 1332 State Innovation Waiver to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to implement the Minnesota Premium Security Plan.

Background

Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act permits a state to apply for a State Innovation Waiver to pursue innovative strategies to provide its residents with access to high-quality, affordable health insurance. Earlier this year, the Minnesota Legislature enacted a law that creates the Minnesota Premium Security Plan, a state-based reinsurance program designed to stabilize premiums in Minnesota’s individual health insurance market. The new state law calls for the Commerce Department to submit a Section 1332 State Innovation Waiver application and, as required by federal regulations, make the draft application available for public review and comment.

If granted, the State Innovation Waiver would allow Minnesota to secure partial federal funding for the Minnesota Premium Security Plan, while preventing a loss of federal funding that helps support the MinnesotaCare public health insurance program.

Draft Waiver Application

The draft application may be viewed and downloaded at the Commerce Department website: https://mn.gov/commerce/industries/insurance/reinsurance/index.jsp

Copies of the draft application will also be available at the public information meetings.

Public Comment

Comments may be submitted in writing or presented orally at the public information meetings. Written comments (which will be available for public review) will be accepted until the close of business on May 30, 2017. Please submit comments via mail or email to:

Minnesota Department of Commerce
Attn: 1332 Waiver Draft Application
85 7th Place East, Suite 280
Saint Paul, MN 55101
WaiverComment@state.mn.us

Public Information Meetings

The Commerce Department will convene several public information meetings about the draft waiver application. Each meeting will include a presentation about the draft application, followed by time for questions and comments. The meeting dates, times and locations are listed below.

Monday, May 8 
Duluth Public Safety Building
2030 N. Arlington Ave.
Duluth
10 AM - Noon

Tuesday, May 9 
Rochester Public Library
101 2nd St. SE
Rochester
11:30 - 1:30 PM

Wednesday, May 10 
Moorhead Public Library
118 5th St. S.
Moorhead
Noon - 2 PM

Friday, May 12 
Rondo Community Outreach Library
461 Dale St. N.
Saint Paul
11 AM - 1:30 PM


Persons with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations to participate in a meeting should contact Jen Fox at 651-539-1458 or jennifer.fox@state.mn.us at least five days in advance of the meeting to make appropriate arrangements. Documents can be made available in alternative formats (e.g., large print or audio) by calling 651-539-1458. Persons with hearing loss or speech disabilities may call through their preferred Telecommunications Relay Service.

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