Sen. Tina Smith Fights against Financial Threats to MinnesotaCare

U.S. Senator Tina Smith is working hard in the Senate Health Committee to protect a vital program that provides high-quality, affordable care for more than 100,000 Minnesotans.

Late last year, President Trump abruptly ended federal payments that help consumers afford their health insurance coverage. That decision drove up premiums across the country and produced significant confusion and financial losses in several states.

Because of these cuts, and other actions taken by the Trump Administration, Minnesota is now on track to lose more than $806 million in total funding from its “Basic Health Program” (BHP)—also known as MinnesotaCare. Now the long-term future of MinnesotaCare, and the certainty that many of our families gain by having access to affordable, comprehensive care, are both at risk.

“Right now, we’re facing a serious health care crisis in Minnesota, and it demands a serious response,”said Sen. Smith. “Without action to protect MinnesotaCare, the long-term financial stability of a program that helps provide affordable coverage for more than 100,000 Minnesotans is at risk. As a member of the Senate Health Committee, I’m pushing to fix this problem as soon as possible, and I’ll be working with Senate leadership to figure out how we can get this done in a bipartisan way.”