Health Insurance

3rd Time's The Charm For MNsure Enrollment Goals?Did MNsure miss the mark on enrollment for a third straight year? Minnesota's health insurance exchange was due to report its registration tally on Monday. Open enrollment for consumer health plans ended on Sunday.
Insurance Plans For 'Critical illness' Rise In Popularity"Critical illness" insurance is surging in popularity as consumers in high-deductible health plans look for ways to fill gaps in their coverage. The specialized coverage can help people who might struggle to pay out-of-pocket costs because it pays for things that conventional plans don't.
DHS: Renewal Period Extended For MN-Sponsored Health InsuranceThe Minnesota Department of Human Services says the renewal period for people on public health insurance will be extended for those who had their cases closed. The state said early Thursday that about 64,000 people were going to be dropped from public health insurance in Minnesota
State Health Exchange To Refund $500K In Grant MoneyMinnesota's health insurance exchange will repay about $500,000 in federal grant money after using it to prepare unused office space for its call center and other staff. State exchange chief Allison O'Toole wrote a letter this week to a legislative oversight committee saying office remodeling isn't an allowable use of the money.
MNsure Extends Enrollment Deadline For Jan. 1Officials have extended the deadline for enrolling in Minnesota's health insurance exchange for coverage starting Jan. 1. Minnesotans now have until Dec. 28 to enroll through MNsure and have their plan take effect at the start of the new year. The announcement was made Saturday.
MNsure: 70% Of Private Plan Shoppers Get CreditsSeventy percent of private insurance buyers so far on Minnesota's health insurance exchange have qualified for federal tax credits. Officials with MNsure released updated statistics Wednesday on insurance shopping as open enrollment nears a big deadline. People who want insurance in place by Jan. 1 have until Tuesday to sign up.
St. Paul School Raises Money For Student's Mother In Need Of Kidney TransplantA St. Paul charter school is raising money for a life-saving kidney transplant for the mother of one of their students. Doctors told Socorro Neri-Vergara she will die without a transplant. However, Neri-Vergara is an undocumented immigrant and was denied being placed on a transplant list. The insurance she qualifies for with her status doesn't cover transplants.
UnitedHealthcare CEO Calls ACA Exchange Expansion A 'Bad Decision'UnitedHealth CEO Stephen Hemsley says the nation's biggest health insurer made a bad decision when it dove deeper into the Affordable Care Act's public insurance exchanges this year.
MNsure: 70 Pct. Of Customers Received Federal SubsidiesMore Minnesota residents are qualifying for financial help this year to buy coverage on the state's health insurance exchange. MNsure announced Monday that more than 70 percent of the customers buying private insurance so far this month have received federal subsidies. That's up from roughly 50 percent last year.
UnitedHealth Future In Public Insurance Exchange QuestionableUnitedHealth chopped its 2015 earnings forecast and the nation's largest health insurer has begun to question its future in public insurance exchanges, a key component in the nation's health care overhaul.
MNsure Picks Internal Candidate To Lead Insurance MarketplaceMNsure has tapped its interim leader to run the health insurance exchange permanently even though she didn't apply for the job. The entity's board selected Allison O'Toole on Wednesday. She was chosen over Mark Nyquist, who was named the sole finalist for the position earlier this month.
Reality Check: The Cost To Not Have Health Insurance In 2016It's an important time of year for thousands of Minnesotans: Time to sign up for next year's health insurance. And if you don't get it, get ready to pay up anyway. The new federal health care law requires American citizens to have health insurance.

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