Tag: Health Insurance

40 Square expands health insurance options for farmers, agribusinesses

Minnesota farmers and agribusinesses will again have the option to enroll in health plans offered through 40 Square Cooperative Solutions, an agricultural health plan co-op providing access to self-funded health insurance. After more than 1,000 individuals enrolled in the program last year, 40 Square will be expanding its health plans in 2019.

40 Square now offers seven health plans, including Health Savings Account (HSA) eligible plans and a new high deductible plan featuring low monthly premiums.

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Sen. Smith visits Cannon Falls corn farm to discuss issues impacting farmers

U.S. Senator Tina Smith visited the farm of Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) director Les Anderson in Cannon Falls to discuss the issues impacting the state’s corn growers. The visit was the latest in the “MN Corn Grows MN” initiative, which was launched to bring candidates for elected office to family corn farms to raise awareness of the importance of corn farming in our state.

Anderson, joined by his wife Jeannie,

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Walz, Feehan visit Courtland farm to discuss issues impacting corn farmers

Gubernatorial candidate Tim Walz and First Congressional District candidate Dan Feehan visited the Courtland farm of Tim Waibel Friday to discuss issues corn farmers are facing in the First District and all of Minnesota.

The visit was the latest in the “MN Corn Grows MN” campaign, which was launched to bring candidates for elected office to family corn farms to raise awareness of the importance of corn farming in our state.

Upon arrival,

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Co-op health plan offered to farmers, informational sessions scheduled

During the 2017 legislative session, the Legislature and Governor Mark Dayton approved a law that enabled farmers to form health care cooperatives to provide another option for farmers to help address rising health insurance premiums. The rule paved the way for 40 Square Cooperative Solutions to begin offering self-funded health plans to Minnesota farmers.

Farmers who are considered an “employer” with at least one common law employee and work in production agriculture are eligible.

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MN State Capitol

Legislative Recap: End of session and special session full of drama

The Legislature did not fully complete its business, including the passage of omnibus tax and budget bills, by the constitutional deadline of May 22nd at midnight, and went into a special session that finally concluded early Friday morning. Following is a report regarding key legislative issues important to farmers:

BUFFER LEGISLATION
The omnibus environmental and natural resources policy and finance bill was passed just before the close of the regular session. As amended,

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2017 Minnesota Session

MN Legislative Update: Lawmakers return to full agenda

Minnesota State Legislators return to St. Paul on April 18 with a significant number of issues to address during the closing five weeks of the 2017 session. Leaders in both the House and Senate established earlier committee deadlines to better manage larger pieces legislation before the session is scheduled to end and to avoid the potential for a special session. As a result, several bills with impacts to the agriculture sector could be taken up soon.

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2017 Minnesota Session

Legislative Update: Major bills moving to closure

In the days leading up to the Legislature’s annual Spring Break (April 7-16), several high-profile bills have either received approval and await Gov. Dayton’s action or are making the final turns in the legislative process before moving forward for the Governor’s approval.

Health Insurance Reform
Although Congress was unable to pass a health insurance reform package in March, the Minnesota Legislature did. Both the Senate and House passed the reinsurance plan that we have discussed in recent weeks,

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MN House 2017

Legislative Update: State budget proposals unveiled

Under the Minnesota Constitution, the State Legislature and Governor are responsible for developing a new state budget every two years. Budgets are crafted during odd numbered years, immediately following the previous year’s elections. The state’s fiscal budget year is July 1 – June 30, so the legislature and Governor have a real deadline, unless they are prepared to risk a government shutdown.

How well a state budget is developed and adopted depends in part on ideological differences between those who control the state’s House,

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MN Capitol

Legislative Update: Health insurance re-emerges as significant issue

During the first few weeks of this year’s Legislative session, Republicans and Democrats worked quickly to pass a bipartisan bill to provide $326 million in premium relief to people who obtain their health insurance through the individual market exchange. When passing the bill, legislators and Gov. Dayton acknowledged that a more permanent solution was needed to avoid skyrocketing insurance premiums for 2018 and to ensure that insurance companies wouldn’t abandon the individual market. During March,

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MN Legislature

Ag policy issues elevated in Legislature

Earlier this session, both House and Senate leadership established committee deadlines that were earlier in the legislative calendar than those in past legislative sessions. The shorter deadlines mean that key policy legislation needs crisp action to adhere to leadership’s strict schedule. By last Friday, for example, all bills that have been introduced had to pass out of committees in their house of origin to remain viable. As a result, agriculture issues received a significant amount of attention during the week.

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