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I believe that every family in Minnesota and across the country should be able to get the health care they need, from a doctor they trust, at a price they can afford. The Affordable Care Act was an important first step-but there's still more work to do to ensure that all Minnesotans have access to quality, affordable care.

As I traveled across the state during the health care debate, I heard countless stories about how our nation's system was failing Minnesotans-stories about people going bankrupt because they got sick, or being unable to start a small business because a pre-existing condition would make it impossible for them to find insurance coverage.

That's why I supported health care reform. Minnesotans are just beginning to receive its benefits-from guarantees that insurance companies won't be able to take away coverage when you get sick or deny it to kids with pre-existing conditions to young people now being able to stay on their parents' insurance until they turn 26. Seniors are now receiving payments to bring down the cost of prescriptions and small businesses are receiving tax credits to help them cover employee health insurance.

I am particularly proud that several of my provisions were included in the final reform. The medical loss ratio-a requirement that insurance companies spend at least 80 to 85 cents out of every premium dollar on health care (instead of marketing or executive pay)-is already saving consumers billions of dollars across the country. Also, my diabetes prevention program-based on a program that has worked in St. Paul-will identify potential diabetes sufferers and help them avoid developing the disease, saving money in the long run.

Moving forward, I will continue to work on policies that promote the value of care over the volume of care. Minnesota's top-notch providers deliver better care at lower costs than almost any other state-and I believe that incentivizing this kind of care with higher payments will encourage other states to follow suit, bringing down costs and improving outcomes nationwide. I am also pushing for policy reforms that will improve health care delivery in rural areas, drawing on input from stakeholders from across the state. Rural Minnesotans have developed innovative policies that I will work to bring to the national level.

Meanwhile, I'll continue to be an advocate for Minnesota's medical device industry, which has contributed so much to our state's economy. This industry delivers innovative and life-saving devices to patients who desperately need them, and I know we must streamline bureaucratic processes to make sure these devices get to market safely and quickly.


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515 W 1st St
Suite 104
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 722-2390

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819 Center Avenue
Suite 2A
Moorhead, MN 56560
(218) 284-8721

Rochester Office
1202-1/2 7th Street NW
Suite 213
Rochester, MN 55901
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60 Plato Blvd. East
Suite 220
Saint Paul, MN 55107
(651) 221-1016

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