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Slow Enrollment Leaves State With Bigger MNsure Bill

Lackluster enrollment in private plans and shrinking federal funds may force the state to cover a greater share of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange.

01/29/2015

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MNsure Gets Extra $34M From Feds For Upgrades

Minnesota’s health insurance exchange is getting some extra cash from the federal government. MNsure CEO Scott Leitz says they’ll use an additional $34 million to make website improvements and smooth the transfer of data to insurance companies. MNsure has now received almost $190 million from the federal government.

01/07/2015

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MNsure Moves 2015 Sign-Up Deadline To Dec. 20

Minnesota families are getting more time to sign up for health insurance. MNsure had set a midnight deadline on Monday if you needed coverage starting on Jan. 1. But Monday afternoon, the agency pushed that back to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

12/15/2014

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GOP House Structure Leans Rural

Republicans taking over the state House are forming committees that emphasize their rural/urban split with Democrats. The GOP reduced the number of committees overall even as it added new panels to focus on mining policy and jobs in greater Minnesota.

11/18/2014

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Audit Finds MNsure Missteps With Marketing Work

Minnesota’s health insurance exchange failed to properly authorize over $925,000 in marketing work and didn’t update its contract with its vendor to cover it until after the job was done, Legislative Auditor James Nobles reported Tuesday.

10/28/2014

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MNsure Races To Ready Exchange For Open Enrollment

Officials racing to ready Minnesota’s health insurance exchange for open enrollment one month from now said Wednesday it’s a high-risk project because of tight timelines but they expect consumers will have a better experience than last year.

10/15/2014

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MNsure: Expect An Average Hike Of 4.5 Percent In 2015

The cost of getting health insurance through MNsure next year is going up — but it will still be among the lowest in the country. Minnesotans who get insurance through the state’s health exchange can enroll for next year beginning Nov. 15. Even though the rates are low for some people, others could see big rate hikes.

10/01/2014

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More Insurers To Offer Health Law Plans Next Year

The Obama administration says consumers in most states will have more insurance options next year under the president’s health care law. The Health and Human Services department on Tuesday reported a net increase of 63 insurers joining the market in 44 states.

09/23/2014

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MNsure: Help Coming For PreferredOne Customers

Help will be available for consumers as PreferredOne, the largest provider of coverage for the first year of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange, pulls out of the state-run online marketplace, MNsure’s chief executive said Wednesday. CEO Scott Leitz told MNsure’s board of directors he’s disappointed in PreferredOne’s announcement Tuesday

09/17/2014

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Lowest-Cost Insurer Drops From Minnesota Exchange

The insurance company with the lowest rates and most customers on Minnesota’s health care exchange has told state officials that it’s pulling out of MNsure for 2015. The decision by Golden Valley-based PreferredOne deals a major blow to the exchange as the next open enrollment period approaches.

09/16/2014

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Minnesota Exchange Gets New Marketers

Minnesota’s health insurance exchange has named two firms to run its marketing for the next two years. MNsure said Friday that Grassroots Solutions and Clarity Coverdale Fury will handle the work, with a new marketing campaign to launch this fall.

08/22/2014

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MNsure Board Told System Has Enough Horsepower

A consultant has told directors of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange that the troubled system has enough horsepower as the fall open enrollment period approaches.

07/16/2014

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MNsure Chief Testifies Before Congressional Panel

MNsure’s interim CEO says Minnesota’s online health insurance exchange is stable, secure and successful. According to an advance copy of his testimony before a congressional panel Thursday, Scott Leitz says it’s not news that MNsure’s rollout was rocky last October.

04/03/2014

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MNsure Callers Experience Longer Waits For Help

Callers to Minnesota’s health insurance exchange are experiencing longer waits this week as the deadline for open enrollment approaches. As expected, MNsure is experiencing an upsurge in calls as residents try to sign up for coverage before the 11:59 p.m. Monday deadline.

03/27/2014

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MNsure Enrollment Tops 136,000, Exceeding Goal

Minnesota’s new health care exchange celebrated a milestone Tuesday as officials announced they have exceeded their goal by enrolling over 136,700 Minnesotans in insurance plans with less than a week to go in the inaugural open enrollment period.

03/25/2014

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MNsure Site Improving, But Budget Remains Shaky

Minnesota lawmakers warned leaders of the state’s health exchange Wednesday that they need to figure out how to cover a possible budget shortfall, as insurance enrollment trends continue to point to a deficit starting in 2015. “How much more expensive is this going to be?” asked Rep. Joe Hoppe, R-Chaska, at a meeting of a legislative panel that oversees MNsure, Minnesota’s exchange. “I think people want to know how expensive it’s going to be and how it’s going to be paid for.”

02/12/2014

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14 MNsure Managers Receive Bonuses

Fourteen people who managed the troubled MNsure online health insurance exchange were collectively paid bonuses of more than $26,000 just after its launch, state officials said.

01/30/2014

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MNsure Enrollees So Far: 53 Percent Women

Minnesota’s health insurance exchange has revealed demographic details about the nearly 72,000 people who signed up for coverage, showing that 53 percent of them are women and the median age is 48.

01/08/2014

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Insurance Customers Still Having Problems With MNsure

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.

01/01/2014

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Health Plan Scramble Crams Minn. Agency Helpline

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.

12/31/2013

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MNsure Call Center Open Late As Deadline Nears

Officials of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange say their call center is standing ready to help people seeking to beat a deadline for signing up to get coverage before the new year.

12/31/2013

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Deadline Nears For Minn. Health Plan Sign-Ups

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.

12/30/2013

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Dayton: MNsure Getting Better, Challenges Remain

Gov. Mark Dayton said Friday he believes progress has been made on fixing problems with Minnesota’s health insurance marketplace, but that challenges remain as an initial enrollment deadline looms. Dayton said in an interview with The Associated Press that he’s been keeping tabs on MNsure nine days into its new leadership.

12/27/2013

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Dayton Withholds Endorsement Of MNsure Leaders

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.

12/12/2013

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Dayton: MNsure Problems A Concern As Jan. 1 Nears

Gov. Mark Dayton says he’s disappointed the state’s health insurance exchange has not resolved problems with its operations as the Jan. 1 date for the state of coverage approaches. Minnesota insurance companies are worried about continuing inaccuracy and other problems with data from MNsure.

12/11/2013

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