Minnesota passes preventive care requirements law

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed legislation requiring insurers to cover preventive services after a Texas judge struck down some requirements for payers to cover preventive care at no cost to members under the ACA.  

U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor ruled in March that preventive care recommendations made by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force do not need to be complied with and blocked the federal government from enforcing its recommendations. 

The rule only applies to recommendations made by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force after 2010. 

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily blocked the ruling May 15. 

In a May 24 news release, Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Grace Arnold said the legislation is "common sense." 

"It means that regardless of what happens in the courts, families whose insurance is regulated by the state won't lose access to healthcare they've had for years," Ms. Arnold said. 

The law does not cover self-funded employer-sponsored plans, which are only regulated by federal law. 

Other states have passed or considered legislation to implement preventive coverage requirements at the state level. California state law already covers preventive service requirements, and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has called on the state legislature to pass similar legislation. 

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