Health Insurance Exchange
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.