Senate Approves Insurance Exchange 08 Mar 13

After long debate going well into the night, the DFL-controlled Minnesota Senate passed a bill to set up a health insurance marketplace where Minnesotans can choose among insurance products pre-screened by a special board. Republicans object that a seven-person board will decide what health insurance offerings are available to an estimated 1.2-million Minnesotans who will use the marketplace. Supporters say the objective is not to have thousands of different health insurance policies available, and the board is charged with trying to filter out policies that are a poor value.