One of the closely kept secret legislative provisions that passed into law in the final days of the recently completed legislative session was a provision that provides access to MinnesotaCare, the state’s low-income health insurance plan, to “thousands of undocumented” individuals living in Minnesota.
The law takes effect in January of 2025 and the program is estimated to cost Minnesota taxpayers an average of $7,000 per person in subsidies.
The best guesstimate of how many “undocumented residents” currently residing in Minnesota is 40,000 but state officials believe only 7,000-8,000 of those eligible would sign up. When they do, Minnesota taxpayers will be subsidizing this new government program to the tune of $59 million every year.
This partisan provision passed into law in spite of the fact that a recent poll of Minnesotans shows that paying a monthly healthcare premium is the “greatest healthcare concern” of most Minnesotans. So, you can thank the DFL legislative majority for ignoring your concerns and instead helping undocumented residents pay their heavily subsidized monthly healthcare premium. You can read more about this taxpayer handout HERE.
But wait, there’s more.
While state government bureaucrats are trying to get folks to sign up for taxpayer subsidized health insurance, they can also encourage those in Minnesota illegally to sign up for another taxpayer program, the “NorthStar Promise” free college tuition program.
This program, open to anyone who graduates from a Minnesota high school with a family income below $80,000, qualifies those same “undocumented Minnesota residents” for free in-state college tuition at a two- or four-year Minnesota public college or university.
According to Axios, “Minnesota was already among a small number of states that provides access to in-state tuition, as well as scholarships and other state financial aid, to students regardless of their immigration status.”