Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has signed the state's health insurance exchange bill on Wednesday, finalizing the creation of an online insurance marketplace expected to serve 1 million residents. State officials have announced that the exchange will be named MNSURE.
The Minnesota Legislature on Monday approved a plan to create a health insurance exchange, in a 39-28 Senate vote. The legislation, approved earlier by the House, now goes to Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, who has said he will sign it and whose administration already has begun work on building the exchange.
Minnesota auto-parts retailer Larry Lucast blames tax-free online shopping for an increase in showrooming, which ultimately drove him to close his doors last month. Gov. Mark Dayton is proposing that online retailers be required to collect sales tax, and state officials are joining a growing roster of retailers, including Amazon, that support the federal Marketplace Fairness Act.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, and the Republican lawmakers who control the Legislature are in a standoff over Dayton's efforts to launch a health insurance exchange. The GOP sees Dayton's plan as government overreach, while Dayton has not tried to compromise, probably because he is confident Democrats will win control in this year's elections, says Lawrence Jacobs of the University of Minnesota.
The Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, a state affiliate of the Democratic Party, wants to get a health insurance exchange running and avoid federal control over such a marketplace. Gov. Mark Dayton and fellow Democrats announced the outline of an exchange on Monday. Republicans plan to introduce a health insurance bill that would not include an exchange, state Sen. David Hann said.