Minnesotas governor unveiled a plan to shift some state-subsidized childrens health insurance into the private market in a bid to expand the states coverage. According to a news release from Gov. Tim Pawlentys office, all Minnesota insurers with more than 3% of the market would be required to participate. The plan, projected to cost up to $88 million, also would reduce premiums, expand eligibility and offer preventive health incentives for children covered by MinnesotaCare, a public health plan for low-income residents. In addition, the proposal would create a private, not-for-profit insurance co-op to allow individuals to buy coverage with pretax dollars, according to the release. About 7.4% of Minnesotans lacked insurance in 2004, up from 6.2% in 2002, according to state data. In 2006, 94,000 Minnesotans under age 21 lacked insurance, the state estimated. -- by Melanie Evans
Minn. governor unveils kid-care plan
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