Al championed and helped pass the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, a bipartisan workforce bill that includes provisions he worked hard to get into the legislation. Those provisions will bolster partnerships between manufacturers and community and technical colleges to train people with the right skills for the more than 3 million jobs that sit open in Minnesota and across the country.
“Senator Franken’s commitment to making sure thousands of Minnesota families have access to quality health care has been an important step toward making our communities even better. Our work is far from over, and that’s why we need to make sure Senator Franken is re-elected in November,” said State Rep. Moran.
Insurers will refund about $330 million in premiums to 6.8 million consumers across the country in the coming weeks as a result of the Affordable Care Act. About $523,000 of that will funnel into Minnesota businesses, according to federal data to be released Thursday.
The payments come as insurance companies comply with a provision of the federal health law that requires them to spend at least 80 cents of every dollar on medical care. If marketing or other administrative costs eat up a larger share of premiums, insurers have to give consumers some of their money back.
“This is going to help those partnerships, especially the ones that are successful to continue training people and to do it at a faster rate,” Sen. Franken said. “Sometimes that will mean, just enabling them to have more space.”