Beneath a scathing audit of MNsure released last week are additional details that could bolster lawmakers’ case to give the Legislature greater power over the state’s health insurance exchange. The Office of the Legislative Auditor concluded that MNsure overpromised and under delivered in its first year.
Gov. Mark Dayton wanted to shut down down MNsure for six weeks when the website meltdown was at its worst. That’s according to previously unseen documents obtained by WCCO-TV from a yearlong MNsure investigation by the Minnesota Legislative Auditor.
We’re getting a look Wednesday at some new documents from the investigation into Minnesota’s once-troubled health exchange.
MNsure’s former executive director, April Todd-Malmlov, resigned under pressure — not just because the website melted down, but because, for part of it, she was on a week-long vacation in the Caribbean.
A lack of adequate testing before the state’s health insurance exchange launched in 2013 and other issues meant the exchange’s “failures outweighed its achievements” in its first year, the legislative auditor concluded in a report released Tuesday.
Scott Leitz, the interim CEO of MNsure, has a DWI charge against him stemming from last summer, officials say.
On Tuesday, the state’s legislative auditor, James Nobles, began an audit of MNsure, the state’s health exchange. He says MNsure should have known about the extent of the problems with the sign-up website, after the state paid out tens of millions of tax dollars to build it.
Gov. Mark Dayton declined to say Thursday whether he asked for the resignation of the former CEO of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange, adding that he ultimately feels responsible for the success or failure of the venture. Dayton was asked several times at a news conference if he pushed for the exit of April Todd-Malmlov, who resigned Tuesday as executive director of MNsure. Dayton said he wouldn’t comment on his role but noted he had grown increasingly vocal in recent days about his concern with problems that continue to plague the exchange, even as coverage is set to kick in on Jan. 1.
The former executive director of MNsure is leaving without a severance package from the state. April Todd-Malmlov resigned Tuesday night. She was under pressure thanks to a host of complications with insurance sign-ups under the federal health care law and for the timing of a recent international vacation while MNsure continued to struggle.
The chief of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange has resigned abruptly after facing criticism over the rollout and a questionably timed vacation.
The board in charge of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange is meeting on short notice in a closed session as its director is under fire.
A Republican candidate for governor says the executive director of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange should resign. Businessman Scott Honour is among a handful of Republicans seeking to challenge Gov. Mark Dayton next year.
Gov. Mark Dayton is stopping short of expressing full faith in the executive leadership at Minnesota’s health insurance exchange. Dayton was asked Thursday if he has confidence that exchange leaders were adequately addressing problems.
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.
Officials say Minnesota’s new online health insurance exchange is off to a smooth start. MNsure officials say more than 500 accounts were created in the first hour Tuesday afternoon.
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.
Gov. Mark Dayton says he shares concerns that Minnesota’s health insurance exchange has neglected black and Somali community groups in its initial enrollment drive. The Democratic governor says that he’s communicated that to the executive director of MNsure.
Developers of the complex computer systems that will power Minnesota’s health insurance exchange say one way they’re coping with tight deadlines is by deferring some less critical work until after the online marketplace goes live Oct. 1.
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