A study recently released by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health found that “rural areas have the fewest options and pay the highest premiums” for health insurance.
For perspective, “rural areas were classified as having higher vulnerability if in 2019 it had one insurer and premiums of more than $769/month for a 50-year-old non-smoker.”
COVID-19 is expected to cause even greater volatility in the individual marketplace in 2021. Insurers are making decisions now about how to curtail costs and what options and at what costs will be available to Minnesota consumers next year.
We realize how tempting it is to nationalize every election, but this is a very important issue effecting lives and livelihoods throughout greater Minnesota. The solution to lowering health insurance premiums isn’t more government programs.
Please remember to ask candidates about their solution to this extremely vexing problem when they ask for your vote.