St. Paul – Jamie Gulley, President of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota, released the following statement urging Governor Dayton to veto the reinsurance bill following its passage in both the Minnesota House and Senate.
“The reinsurance bill that is headed to Governor Dayton’s desk is simply a $542 million taxpayer-funded giveaway to insurance companies with no guarantees of lower premiums for working families in Minnesota. Our members working in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and home care all across the state know that we need to lower healthcare costs for Minnesota families, but a bailout for corporate insurance companies is not a solution to the problem of rising healthcare costs.
“Why have the insurance companies refused to provide even the basic assurances Governor Dayton asked them for, promising to pass these taxpayer funds along directly to policy-holders and promising that they won’t just take the money and run from the individual health insurance market? Why aren’t we extending affordable, high-quality MinnesotaCare coverage as an option to the Minnesota families facing high premiums and deductibles? SEIU Healthcare Minnesota urges Governor Dayton to veto this bill and for lawmakers to go back to the drawing board to find a real solution to the rising healthcare costs in Minnesota.”
SEIU Healthcare Minnesota unites more than 35,000 healthcare and long-term care workers in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and home care throughout the state of Minnesota.