St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A measure creating a health insurance exchange in Minnesota is on its way to the Senate followed by a big vote Thursday night.
The House OK'ed the bill in a 72-61 vote following several hours of debate.
The measure includes several changes made in conference committees, including funding, protection from financial conflicts of Interest, and removing restrictions on abortion.
Lawmakers say it will help an estimated 1.3 million Minnesotans gain access to affordable coverage on the Minnesota Exchange, including over 300,000 currently uninsured individuals.
The Governor is praising the work of lawmakers.
"I thank the leadership in the House and Senate for getting this through on a very expedited bases through a lot of different committees, which is you know required by federal time table," the Governor said during a news conference Thursday.
The Governor says he will sign the bill once the Senate approves it next week.