Minnesota-based PreferredOne had some of the lowest insurance rates in the country on the MNsure website, but abruptly dropped out in September. Now, it’s raising rates for some customers as much as 66 percent — a jarring “market correction.” Larry Jacobs studies the federal health care law for the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota.
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.
In the wide ranging interview, Dayton responds to questions about developments in Texas where a health care worker has been diagnosed with Ebola, to the controversy surrounding his support for a tax on gasoline, as well as claims by his opponent that he does not know what is in the bills he has signed.
Republican challenger Jeff Johnson is stepping up his criticism of Gov. Mark Dayton with a new ad painting the Democrat as an uninvolved leader.
Minnesota Republicans are again accusing Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration of using shoddy math to show a lower increase in policy costs through the state’s health care exchange. State officials this week said plans on MNsure would rise by 4.5 percent on average for 2015. They got the figure by averaging each provider’s average increase or decrease.
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.
Minnesota Republicans say a 4.5 percent average rate increase for people buying insurance through the state health exchange is deceptive. State officials announced the increase on Wednesday, and said Minnesota will still have the lowest rates in the nation next year.
This week, the Minnesota Commerce Department is getting set to release a snapshot of the 2015 MNsure rates for individual policy holders. With PreferredOne severing ties with MNSure, Dave Racer of the National Association of Health Underwriters says the new rates may come with some sticker shock.
The state Commerce Department is preparing to release an early snapshot of 2015 premium rates for policies that will be sold on Minnesota’s health insurance exchange, MNsure.
Legislative Auditor James Nobles says a candidate’s request that he review rate-setting practices for Minnesota’s health insurance exchange is better suited for others.
After more problems at Minnesota’s online health care exchange, the Republican candidate for Minnesota governor says if he’s elected, he’ll make drastic changes to MNsure. And Jeff Johnson is pressing Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton to do more to stop premium hikes for small businesses. MNsure’s largest and lowest cost provider — PreferredOne — said this week it’s dropping out of the health exchange for financial reasons.
Republican Jeff Johnson moved Thursday to make health insurance problems a bigger part of his campaign against Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, saying Minnesota’s plan for complying with the Affordable Care Act is causing sticker shock as well as logistical headaches.
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.
Several upcoming events on the calendar could help energize campaigns for Minnesota governor and legislative offices. They’ll drive the messages voters will hear from candidates and their allies over the next two months.
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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 Twin Cities family says their newborn has been without health insurance for months due to MNsure delays. The Emmerichs tried for more than four months to get coverage for their baby boy.
Gov. Mark Dayton announced Tuesday he is pushing to release prices for the state’s health insurance exchange on Oct. 1, more than six weeks before Minnesotans can start picking more plans — and a month before they head to the polls.
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.
Consultants have told the board that governs Minnesota’s health insurance exchange that there is a lot of work ahead to get ready for open enrollment in November. Brian Keane of Deloitte Consulting gave the MNsure board an initial assessment Wednesday of what needs to be done to fix the troubled system.
By most accounts, MNsure’s rollout was a disaster. But six months after signups began, CEO Scott Leitz says the online marketplace has turned a corner. “We’re continuing to grow at about 1,000 people per day who we’re enrolling through MNsure, so we’re continuing to see growth, and it’s only going to get more as we move into the fall open-enrollment period,” Leitz said.
Minnesota’s online health insurance marketplace has launched a campaign aimed at making sure young adults don’t lose coverage when they graduate from college. MNsure CEO Scott Leitz says many graduating students will lose the health insurance they have through their schools.
The board of directors of Minnesota’s online health insurance marketplace has dropped the “interim” tag from its chief executive’s title. On a unanimous voice vote, the MNsure board on Tuesday designated Scott Leitz as CEO. He had been interim CEO since taking over the state-run health insurance exchange in December.
Some Minnesotans eligible for private insurance plans through the MNsure health care exchange may qualify for retroactive coverage, credits or cost-sharing reductions. Two categories of people are eligible.