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Town hall on MinnesotaCare buy-in proposal slated Friday in Willmar

401kcalculator.org A town hall meeting to discuss a “MinnesotaCare Buy-In” proposal is slated for 11 a.m. Dec. 8 in the multipurpose room at the Willmar Public Library, 410 Fifth St. S.W.

WILLMAR — A town hall meeting is slated Friday in Willmar to discuss a "MinnesotaCare Buy-In" proposal that would allow Minnesotans who purchase their health coverage on the individual market to buy into MinnesotaCare.

The meeting is set for 11 a.m. Dec. 8 in the multipurpose room at the Willmar Public Library, 410 Fifth St. S.W.

The event will be hosted by Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper.

"Minnesotans are concerned about the rising cost of health insurance for ourselves and our families. This proposal can help," Smith said in a news release announcing the event.

It's estimated that, if approved, about 100,000 additional residents would be able to purchase health coverage through MinnesotaCare. Participants would pay the cost of the premiums.

Gov. Dayton and Smith proposed the health coverage option last year. It didn't win legislative approval in the 2017 session but could be considered in 2018, Smith said.

"I look forward to hearing from Minnesotans about this proposal, and bringing their stories and input back to the Capitol ahead of the 2018 legislative session," Smith said.

According to Smith, MinnesotaCare Buy-In coverage would cost less than commercial health insurance plans and participants would still be eligible for federal tax credits through MNsure.

Meetings will also be held Dec. 15 in Moorhead and Dec. 18 in Minneapolis.

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