A federal judge in Minnesota ruled Wednesday that insurers in the state of Minnesota cannot deny coverage to people who have pre-existing conditions or cannot pay for coverage through their employer.
The ruling comes as insurance providers continue to grapple with rising premiums for health care.
It follows a ruling last week by a Minnesota court that struck down a requirement that insurers cover maternity care for all women, citing the cost.
The Minnesota Supreme Court is expected to issue a final ruling on the state’s appeal of the decision later this month.
The decision comes amid rising premiums in Minnesota, which ranks second in the nation for the number of uninsured people.
In Minnesota, more than half of residents live below the poverty line, while more than 40 percent of the state has a pre-ACA health insurance option.