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November 3, 2013

Groups push for universal health insurance

Say Obamacare a good first step, but more needed


She said the benefits for everyone from Obamacare is that people can’t be barred from getting insurance if they have a pre-existing health issue. “And you can’t be charged more if you have a pre-existing condition,” Buckingham said.

For those seeking insurance through the state health exchange, only a few things will come into play: your age, where you live and how much money you make.

For people earning a certain amount above the federal poverty rate, insurance subsidies area available. A household of two with an adjusted gross income of $30,000 would qualify.

Buckingham said that despite the furor over the bungled national roll out, Minnesotans are in a much better position.

“Minnesota has had one of the best implementations in the country.”

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