Minn. Health Exchange Seeks $45M Federal Grant

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s health insurance exchange is seeking a $45 million federal grant to pay for its operations next year.

The board of directors of MNsure met Wednesday to review the grant request. MNsure’s director says the state of Minnesota has already received more federal grant support for its exchange than any other state.

Five previous federal grants to Minnesota’s exchange added up to $110 million. The $45 million request would cover salaries for about 99 full-time employees who would work on MNsure operations, and would also cover spending on technology, marketing, customer service, administration and other items.

The state must submit its grant application next week with an expected award date of Oct. 1. That’s the same day that MNsure is supposed to start operating.

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