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Forgotten Law Could Offer Health Insurance to MN Migrant Workers

A law written in 1971 commands that employers who employ five or more migrant workers are required to get them health insurance. The article talks about how strange it is for the law to have been passed, then ignored for 30 years. It said no rules and it was never enforced. A CEO of a migrant worker health company in Texas said she didn't know of any other states with this sort of law. She was quoted talking about how lopsided the law was, unless Minnesota had this kind of law for all other industries. Jean Hofpensperger, the author of this article, suggested that the reason the law was passed was due to the advocacy boom in the 1970s. She told how responsibility for upholding this law fell to five different state agencies in 30 years. Since Hofpersperger quoted a Labor Department spokesman as saying the law was defunct in 1997, it seems like this article does nothing but point out a historical oddity.

Unfortunately, I was unable to find the online version of this story. It can be found on pages B1 and B2 of Monday's print edition of the Star Tribune.