White House touts health care law rebates in Minnesota

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  • June 21, 2012 - 3:35 PM
The White House is touting a new report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services showing that 123,000 Minnesotans will get rebates totaling $9 million this summer because of President Obama’s health care overhaul.
The rebates are a result of a measure sponsored by U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., requiring insurance companies to spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars on medical care, as opposed to administrative costs.
Franken greeted the report as “great news for consumers.” The average checks will be $160.
The data from the Department of Health and Human Services was distributed Thursday through the White House press office, which has been highlighting the state-by-state effects of the new law in recent days as the Supreme Court readies a ruling on its constitutionality.

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