Consultants have told the board that governs Minnesota’s health insurance exchange that there is a lot of work ahead to get ready for open enrollment in November. Brian Keane of Deloitte Consulting gave the MNsure board an initial assessment Wednesday of what needs to be done to fix the troubled system.
By most accounts, MNsure’s rollout was a disaster. But six months after signups began, CEO Scott Leitz says the online marketplace has turned a corner. “We’re continuing to grow at about 1,000 people per day who we’re enrolling through MNsure, so we’re continuing to see growth, and it’s only going to get more as we move into the fall open-enrollment period,” Leitz said.
The federal health overhaul has helped cut the ranks of uninsured people in Minnesota by about 40 percent, University of Minnesota researchers reported Wednesday in the first major assessment of the law’s effect in the state. The study estimated that the number of uninsured Minnesotans fell by 180,500 from Sept. 30 to May 1 — from about 445,000 people to about 264,500.
An outside political group’s new television promotes Minnesota Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Honour as having the toughest stance against the nation’s new health care law.
The board of directors of Minnesota’s online health insurance marketplace has dropped the “interim” tag from its chief executive’s title. On a unanimous voice vote, the MNsure board on Tuesday designated Scott Leitz as CEO. He had been interim CEO since taking over the state-run health insurance exchange in December.
Minnesota’s online health insurance marketplace announced Deloitte Consulting on Wednesday as the lead manager to overhaul its troubled website and computer systems, citing the company’s record of success in other states. MNsure’s contract with Deloitte is worth $4.95 million and will run for nine months.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said Thursday, he’s deeply disappointed in the problems at the state’s health care exchange.
The troubled website for Minnesota’s health insurance exchange can’t be completely fixed in time for the March 31 deadline by which all Americans are supposed to have coverage under the new federal law.
As the new year began at midnight, so did benefits for thousands of Minnesotans who signed up for MNsure. But people were signing up until the deadline passed at midnight for Minnesota’s online health insurance exchange. It left some people unsure if they completed the process in time.
Less than a year from now, voters head to the polls for the 2014 midterm elections.
Implementation of the health reform law continues through 2014 with these key dates.
Minnesota has rejected President Obama’s offer to delay some canceled insurance policies for a year under the new health law. The President was trying to make good on a promise that “if you like your policy, you can keep it.” Now, millions are finding themselves in limbo, including here in Minnesota.
Some immediate fixes can address problems that are becoming evident as provisions of the new law take effect.
Paul and Babe are back in new TV ads from Minnesota’s health insurance exchange. MNsure, the state portal for delivering federal health insurance changes, has been employing mythical Minnesota icons Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox in a series of spots that playfully describe the state as the “Land of 10,000 Reasons to Get Health Insurance.”In one new ad, which starts airing statewide next week, the plaid-shirted Paul finds himself partially submerged in a freezing lake after an ice fishing mishap. Two other Paul and Babe ads that previously only aired online have also started airing on statewide television. Those two ads feature Paul in a pair of disastrous doctor visits.
Can the nation expect to see the same positive results across the country as was seen in Massachusetts?