More than 50,000 Minnesotans, many who endured long wait times and other glitches with the state’s overburdened health insurance exchange, finally had coverage in place Thursday. What was less clear was how many people who wanted coverage failed to get it.
A late scramble to finalize health coverage before the new year crammed the call center Tuesday at Minnesota’s insurance marketplace, which is still working to repair problems with its centerpiece online portal.
Just two shopping days left for Minnesota health insurance shoppers who expect to have coverage as the new year starts. Tuesday is the final day to enroll for a plan through the state’s health insurance exchange, known as MNsure.
The deadline to sign up for insurance on the government’s health care website arrived Tuesday, a day later than expected after the Obama administration granted those waiting until the last minute — or those tripped up by the site’s glitches — an extra day to enroll.
Anticipating heavy traffic on the government’s health care website, the Obama administration effectively extended Monday’s deadline for signing up for insurance by a day, giving people in 36 states more time to select a plan.
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The pace of signups for health insurance through MNsure increased by nearly 50 percent from its first month to its second, according to figures released Wednesday. With the Jan. 1 start of coverage under the federal health law now less than a month away, MNsure officials said 24,586 individual Minnesotans have completed the enrollment process.
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Minnesota’s health insurance exchange is teaming up with grocery store chain Cub Foods to spread the word about enrolling in insurance coverage. Shoppers at Cub’s dozens of Minnesota locations will find consumer brochures and fact sheets for MNsure in store pharmacies.
Minnesota has received approval from the federal government to direct $58 million over four years into services meant to help senior citizens and people with disabilities in their homes.
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.
Gov. Mark Dayton says he believes President Barack Obama made the right decision by letting insurance companies continue to offer consumers health plans that were set to be canceled under federal health care changes.
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Caregivers for the elderly and disabled got a head start Tuesday on lobbying Minnesota lawmakers to approve a 5 percent rate increase for home and community based services, using a rally attended by hundreds and presided over by supportive legislators.
Minnesota’s legislative auditor says leaders of the state’s new health insurance exchange could have done more to prevent the disclosure of Social Security numbers of about 1,600 insurance agents.
Nearly 280,000 Minnesotans who pay for their own insurance will receive a letter from their health care provider detailing some small and some large changes to their plans.
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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.
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.
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