Minnesota’s online health insurance marketplace announced Deloitte Consulting on Wednesday as the lead manager to overhaul its troubled website and computer systems, citing the company’s record of success in other states. MNsure’s contract with Deloitte is worth $4.95 million and will run for nine months.
Minnesota’s legislative auditor says he plans to conduct a comprehensive review of the troubled launch of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange. Jim Nobles told a MNsure oversight panel on Wednesday that his review will look at problems that plagued the exchange website in its early days.
Gov. Mark Dayton has lashed out at critics of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange, accusing them of waging a propaganda campaign to destroy it. The Democratic governor spoke to reporters after GOP members of a legislative oversight committee said they wanted to use a hearing Wednesday to raise questions about the troubled launch of MNsure last October.
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.
In Minnesota, at least one group opposed to Obamacare encouraged Minnesotans not to enroll and encouraged them to refuse to sign up on any website. Gov. Mark Dayton calls it inexplicable. “It’s been a barrage of criticism all the way. It’s been people cheering when it has problems. It’s been telling people not to enroll, which i think was very ill-advised,” Dayton said.
A total of 169,251 Minnesota residents signed up for health insurance coverage by the end of the first open enrollment period, state officials said Tuesday, exceeding the goal set after the troubled launch of the website in October.
The deadline to enroll in MNsure is at midnight Monday to comply with the federal health law, and there has been a fierce last-minute push to get people signed up.
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Officials with Minnesota’s health insurance exchange say the website and call center are functioning well as the deadline looms for open enrollment. MNsure spokeswoman Jenni Bowring-McDonough said Sunday that the website has been stable this weekend and the call center is adequately staffed. Minnesotans have until 11:59 p.m. Monday to enroll for health insurance coverage or face federal tax penalties under the federal Affordable Care Act.
Scott Leitz, the interim CEO of MNsure, has a DWI charge against him stemming from last summer, officials say.
The new federal health care law says everyone must be signed up by midnight Monday, or face a penalty. In Minnesota, MNsure is moving quickly to enroll as many people as possible over the weekend. Already this week, MNsure ramped up recruiting at more than 1,000 signup events.
People waiting for a scorecard on a key insurance enrollment measure under Minnesota’s health care marketplace will have to wait for results. MNsure interim director Scott Leitz said Friday it will take officials time to say how many previously uninsured people have obtained coverage for the first time. Leitz says some statistics are being kept or gleaned from enrollment forms, but it’s not known how many of the 400,000 previously uninsured Minnesotans have enrolled.
We’re just days away from the deadline to sign up for health insurance, and MNsure is pulling out all the stops to get people signed up in time. Those still looking to purchase insurance through Minnesota’s online healthcare exchange have until midnight on Monday to do so.
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 health insurance exchange is reporting a jump in enrollments as Monday’s open enrollment deadline approaches. MNsure officials say total enrollment has topped 145,000.