Health Care

Lawmakers set Minn. on path to a public health insurance option

Three states — Colorado, Washington and Nevada — have enacted their own standardized plans since 2019.
The Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski, File)

Minnesota lawmakers moved to enact a public health insurance option within four years under a plan that is headed to Gov. Tim Walz (D).

The measure, tucked in a 844-page health care budget bill that was passed by both chambers of the legislature Monday, launches an analysis of the costs and benefits of a handful of models and sets a target date to implement a program by Jan. 1, 2027.

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