Thank you to Ms. Bump’s preschool students at Tilden Elementary in Hastings for the artwork. I’m looking forward to visiting soon.
By Rep. Tony Jurgens, 1/20/2017
In visiting with many residents throughout the district last summer, the most consistent complaint I heard centered on rising health care costs. These people were outraged at having to spend thousands, and in some cases, tens of thousands of dollars each year on what they viewed as unsatisfactory health insurance, and wanted the legislature to act.
On January 19, the Minnesota House began to address this issue by approving the 2017 Health Care Emergency Aid and Access bill.
Under this proposal, we are establishing an assistance program to offset the cost of premiums for qualifying enrollees who purchase health care coverage in the individual market. Those eligible would qualify for premium assistance equaling 25 percent of their premium this year.
The plan also would bring some access, competition, and transparency to the system in numerous ways, such as ending surprise billing and allowing for-profit HMO’s to enter the marketplace.
But the most important provision may be the extension of the 120-day continuity of care for critical cases. Enrollees who lost their previous insurance and are receiving treatment with an out-of-network provider on a new health plan would be entitled to continuation. Conditions for the extension would include a life-threatening mental or physical illness; a pregnancy beyond the first trimester; a physical or mental disability defined as an inability to engage in one or more major life activities for more than a year; and a disabling or chronic condition that is in an acute phase.
I was pleased to co-author this plan, and I believe it’s important to remind people that this is not the overall health insurance solution, but a first step of many steps towards turning things around. The legislature must be focused on unraveling this healthcare mess this session and providing needed premium relief, preserving care for patients with serious conditions, and increasing options for those shopping for health insurance is a good place to start.
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The nameplates on the voting board are getting updated. I’m looking forward to getting sworn in on Tuesday January 3rd and representing the people of our district.
Here is a post election interview I did last Friday with Tom Wright and Hastings Community TV. We talked about how election night went down and a couple keys to the success of the campaign.
The transition is going good. I’ve had orientation meetings and other meetings that will continue up until we are sworn in in January.
Thank you everyone and I can’t wait to get to work representing all of district 54B. I’m really looking forward to it. If you want to reach out to me, you can always email me at Tony@TonyJurgens.com.
Link to interview –> https://youtu.be/4g_0OWl7PWg
So this happened while most of you were sleeping. Here is an article from the Hastings Star Gazette announcing my victory.
A message from former State Representative John Kriesel
I am proud to endorse Tony Jurgens for the Minnesota House of Representatives.
Tony is our biggest advocate as he was named Cottage Grove’s “Volunteer of the Year” in April. As an insurance agent, and with his extensive volunteering experience, it is clear Tony knows how to work hard and will put our families first.
I can tell you with confidence that Tony will work hard to lower your health care costs, eliminate wasteful spending, and help create good-paying jobs in our area.
Tony is a common-sense, independent leader that will use a balanced approach to represent us at the State Capitol, and you can count on him to always fight for the needs of Cottage Grove’s residents.
– John Kriesel
Here is a video of last night’s Candidate Forum sponsored by Hastings Community TV and the Hastings Chamber of Commerce.
Here are the questions that were asked at the forum:
Opening statement–please introduce yourself and provide any information you wish regarding your background and experience.
Why are you running, and tell us, what leadership qualities do you feel you have that would benefit our district if elected?
The budget. When looking at the state budget, what items do you feel should receive less funding, if any? And on the flip side, what items do you feel should receive more funding, if any?
Addressing health care costs. There’s been a rising concern for the rising cost of healthcare, for both individuals and businesses. How do you propose the state legislature should address this concern for Minnesotans and Minnesota businesses?
Public education. What is your assessment of the state of public education in Minnesota? What actions by the legislature, if any, do you feel would improve it?
If elected, what is your top item of legislation you plan to focus on and why?
You will now be able to ask a question to each other.
Closing statement. This is your final opportunity tonight to address the voters. In your response please tell them why they should vote for you and provide any other information you wish.