The national company that has been replaced as the health care provider to Minnesota’s 9,000 prison inmates is defending its services. Corizon Health says the state Department of Corrections has thanked the company for “exceptional service over the last 16 years.” DOC severed ties with Corizon following staff complaints of substandard care and legal action against the company. Corizon was replaced by St. Louis-based Centurion Managed Care, a Fortune 500 health care company that manages medical care under public contracts in several states.
More than 3,700 Minnesotans have signed up for health insurance coverage so far through the state’s new online exchange. The board of directors for MNsure got its first report on the enrollment on Wednesday.
MNsure’s executive director, April Todd-Malmlov, says more than 10,000 Minnesotans have opened accounts in the first 10 days of the exchange’s operation, including about 300 opened by small-business owners.
In a teleconference with reporters on Monday, MNsure Executive Director April Todd-Malmlov answered questions about some of the problems that have popped up so far in Minnesota’s online health care marketplace. MNsure, which has been operational since Oct. 1, has had an ongoing problem resulting in people keep getting kicked off the system. “We are seeing a higher number of people having a hard time getting on. It appears to be intermittent, and not as high as it was on Thursday,” Todd-Malmlov said.
It’s day two for the roll-out of MNsure, but some who are shopping online for health insurance plans said they are running into technical glitches and delays. MNSure officials said the system is running smoothly, after a bumpy start Tuesday when it launched — so far about 2,500 accounts have been created.
Officials with Minnesota’s new online health insurance marketplace say the system is running smoothly after a bumpy start Tuesday.
When MNsure goes live Oct. 1, there’s likely to be more window shopping than buying. “I think we’re going to have a lot of enrollment on day one,” said April Todd-Malmlov, MNsure’s executive director.
Consumers won’t be able to use Minnesota’s new online marketplace for health insurance as planned Tuesday morning and will have to wait until sometime in the afternoon, the head of the state-run exchange said Monday. April Todd-Malmlov, executive director of MNsure, said officials want to make sure the system connects properly with federal computer systems and that it’s secure before it goes live for consumers. MNsure officials had been saying for months they expected consumers could start signing up at the start of the business day Tuesday. She said they weren’t sure what time in the afternoon the system would be ready. Enrollment begins Tuesday nationwide for coverage under the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act. Roughly 300,000 uninsured Minnesotans are expected to buy insurance via the portal. The delay is one of several glitches in MNsure’s rollout that Todd-Malmlov spoke about late Monday afternoon.
There is only one Elvis, but there are thousands of self-employed Minnesotans like Elvis impersonator Anthony Shore and his wife Trisha. Both are 32 years old and uninsured. “I’m a healthy individual, but you never know what’s going to happen. So yeah, I don’t like it. It makes me feel scared not having insurance,” Trisha said. Starting next week, uninsured and under-insured Minnesotans can buy health care online at MNsure.org. But one of the biggest problems is getting the word out.
In a spacious new office overlooking Seventh Street in Downtown St. Paul, help is just a phone call away. This is where Minnesotans with interest in purchasing health care coverage through MNsure call-in with their questions.
MNSure opens enrollment October first with plenty of questions, including the most obvious: What’s it all about?
Minnesota is days away from launching its new health insurance program as Minnesotans will pay the lowest average monthly premiums in the country. That’s according to new numbers from the Obama administration made public on Wednesday.
At least one Minnesota family is eagerly waiting for Oct. 1, so they can begin shopping for new health care coverage on Minnesota’s new health care exchange: MNsure. Brad and Heidi Stokes pay a staggering amount each year to keep their family covered.
Massachusetts has lowest percentage of uninsured residents with only 4.5 percent; Texas has the highest with 28.8 percent. Generally the highest uninsured rates can be found in the South and West.
Young adults 19-34 years of age represent the group most likely to be uninsured. More than three-quarters of uninsured Americans come from working families.