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Minimum wage, health care, top issues in 2019 legislature

Associated Press
January 3, 2019
By: Briane Witte

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“Here’s a look at some of the top issues lawmakers are expected to take up this year:

HEALTH CARE

Legislators will debate a variety of health care issues, including high prescription drug costs and whether to restore an individual mandate for health insurance. A proposal that failed to pass last year would allow people without health insurance to make a down payment on a policy, rather than pay a penalty. Another proposal that stalled last year would make high-cost prescription drugs more affordable by setting an upper limit on what residents pay for drugs costing more than $30,000 a year.

Democratic House Speaker Michael Busch noted that prescription drugs ‘are hurting a lot of people out there that can’t afford the copay or don’t have the insurance.'”

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