Republican leadership from the Senate and House announced last week the 2017 Health Care Emergency Aid and Access Act.

The legislation signaled healthcare would be a top priority for both Republican bodies during the current legislative year.

“Healthcare has been a crisis in Minnesota for some time now, our constituents have looked to the legislature over the past several months eager for us to provide a solution, with little tangible results,” Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, said. “I’m happy to join my caucus in making healthcare reform our number one priority in 2017. I look forward to getting reform done quickly and intelligently over the next few weeks.”

The Act is comprised of three key parts, premium relief, ensuring continuing access to doctors, and individual market reforms.

The 2017 session of the Minnesota Legislature began January 3, as Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen (R-Alexandria) took the oath of office alongside all 66 of his Senate colleagues.

“I am excited to be part of the first four-year Senate Republican majority in Minnesota history,” said Senator Ingebrigtsen.

“I care about the same issues that are on the minds of most Minnesotans – soaring health care costs, roads and bridges that are falling into disrepair, and tax relief for middle class families. These are big issues, and there are no easy answers, but I’m looking forward to sitting down with my colleagues to figure out what’s best for Minnesotans.”

This session, Senator Ingebrigtsen will take over as chairman of the committee on Environment & Natural Resources Finance. In addition, he will serve as an Assistant Majority Leader, and will have assignments on the Capital Investment, Finance, and Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy committees.