A Republican lawmaker has unveiled a plan to abandon MNsure in favor of the federal health insurance exchange. Rep. Matt Dean’s bill that would make Minnesota the 38th state to use the federal HealthCare.gov website. His proposal was to be introduced Tuesday, and if successful Minnesota would make the shift for 2017 enrollments.
Beneath a scathing audit of MNsure released last week are additional details that could bolster lawmakers’ case to give the Legislature greater power over the state’s health insurance exchange. The Office of the Legislative Auditor concluded that MNsure overpromised and under delivered in its first year.
Gov. Mark Dayton wanted to shut down down MNsure for six weeks when the website meltdown was at its worst. That’s according to previously unseen documents obtained by WCCO-TV from a yearlong MNsure investigation by the Minnesota Legislative Auditor.
We’re getting a look Wednesday at some new documents from the investigation into Minnesota’s once-troubled health exchange.
MNsure’s former executive director, April Todd-Malmlov, resigned under pressure — not just because the website melted down, but because, for part of it, she was on a week-long vacation in the Caribbean.
MNsure has fallen short of its enrollment target for private plans. The exchange announced Wednesday it signed up about 60,000 Minnesotans for commercial coverage in its second round of open enrollment. MNsure’s budget is based on netting 67,000 such enrollments.
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A lack of adequate testing before the state’s health insurance exchange launched in 2013 and other issues meant the exchange’s “failures outweighed its achievements” in its first year, the legislative auditor concluded in a report released Tuesday.
Minnesota’s health insurance exchange is giving a reprieve to residents who started the enrollment process before Sunday’s open enrollment deadline but couldn’t complete the process.
MNsure is making a final push to sign up Minnesotans for health care before Sunday’s enrollment deadline. More than 60,000 Minnesotans still don’t have coverage. This year, there’s a tax penalty for people who don’t get insurance under the new federal health care law.
After a rocky rollout last year, MNsure says things are running smoother in the final three days left to sign up for health insurance. Open enrollment period ends on Sunday.
A Republican state senator wants to split Minnesota’s health insurance exchange into two separate entities. MNsure currently signs up residents in private plans and public programs like MinnesotaCare and Medical Assistance. Sen. Michelle Benson unveiled a bill Thursday that would split those up.
Governor Mark Dayton is proclaiming Wednesday “MNsure Enrollment Day.” The push is on to try to get 67,000 Minnesotans signed up for health insurance through MNsure by Sunday, Feb. 15.
MNsure officials say the contact center’s office hours have been extended for the last week of open enrollment.
As the Feb. 15 deadline for MNsure’s open enrollment approaches, the health exchange is offering extended contact center hours for those with last-minute questions.
State Senate lawmakers have taken the first step to abolish MNsure’s governing board but say more change is needed to improve the state’s health insurance exchange.
The deadline to enroll is MNsure is this Feb. 15. After that, you’ll have to wait to sign up until the next open enrollment period, which will likely be later this year.
Lackluster enrollment in private plans and shrinking federal funds may force the state to cover a greater share of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange.
Minnesota Republicans say Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposed $42 billion budget is too large. House Speaker Kurt Daudt declined Tuesday to put a number on how much smaller the state’s two-year budget should be.
Target is testing a pilot program that allows you to shop health insurance in their stores. “Health care, no matter if you get your insurance from your employer or through an exchange or on the individual market, it’s still extremely confusing,” said Steve Lafferty, Target’s senior director of healthcare partnerships.
A chief architect of the state’s health insurance exchange is moving to dismantle its board, a major change to MNsure oversight that may give Democrats a path to head off larger changes that Republicans want. MNsure is currently a quasi-private entity governed by an independent seven-member board that controls the exchange’s budget.
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.
Officials from the state’s health exchange say they’re on track to meet a crucial enrollment goal.
A key deadline Wednesday capped a smoother start — though it wasn’t perfect — for the second year of the state health insurance exchange. MNsure officials said the website was stable and call wait times remained short as Minnesota residents rushed to beat the noon deadline to get coverage that starts Thursday. It was a marked change from MNsure last year, when long wait times and a crash-prone site frustrated consumers.
Minnesota’s health insurance exchange reminds residents that the deadline is noon Wednesday for enrolling in commercial health insurance coverage that takes effect Jan. 1.