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MNsure CEO Talks Enrollment Ahead Of Looming Deadline

The deadline to sign up for health insurance through MNsure is just around the corner. The cut off for the state’s health exchange is noon on Wednesday. Officials extended the deadline twice in order to get as many people as possible to sign up.

12/28/2014

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MNsure Nears 60,000 Health Coverage Signups

The state’s health insurance exchange has enrolled nearly 59,000 Minnesotans in coverage as a key deadline approaches. MNsure announced its most up-to-date enrollment figures on Friday, putting the exchange well ahead of enrollment at this time last year. Minnesotans have until noon on Dec. 31 to sign up for health insurance effective Jan. 1.

12/26/2014

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MNsure Extends Enrollment Deadline To Dec. 31

Minnesota’s health insurance exchange has extended the deadline for a second time to give residents more time to enroll for coverage that takes effect Jan. 1.

12/19/2014

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MNsure Still Struggles Sending Consumer Data To Health Plans

Minnesota’s health insurance exchange has celebrated shorter call wait times and a largely problem-free website this year, but state officials are still struggling to transfer the enrollment data that insurance companies need to enroll thousands of residents in coverage.

12/17/2014

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New Plans Outpace Renewals For MNsure Signups

Nearly 14,000 Minnesotans have signed up for coverage through the state’s health insurance exchange for the first time. Combined with about 10,000 renewed plans, MNsure has enrolled roughly 24,000 private health plans.

12/17/2014

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MNsure Moves 2015 Sign-Up Deadline To Dec. 20

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.

12/15/2014

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Interview: MNsure CEO Talks Enrollment, Website Issues

Scott Leitz, the head of MNsure, spoke with Esme Murphy on WCCO Sunday Morning, a day before the scheduled deadline for consumers to sign up for health insurance as required by the Affordable Care Act.

12/14/2014

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Monday Deadline Looms For Health Insurance Exchange

State officials are reminding Minnesotans to sign up through the state’s health insurance exchange by Dec. 15 to ensure they’re covered at the start of the New Year. MNsure is preparing for a rush of web traffic ahead of the Monday deadline, increasing call center hours to handle consumers looking to avoid a lapse in coverage.

12/11/2014

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Split State Power Tempers GOP’s Health Care Plans

After two years of vilifying the federal health overhaul and the state’s health insurance exchange, Minnesota Republicans face Democratic opposition in the Senate and governor’s office that will scale back their hopes for a wholesale makeover.

11/27/2014

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GOP Lawmaker Asks For Probe Of MNsure Adviser Deal

A Republican legislator says Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson should consider seeking payback from a health care contractor hired to assist in the launch of the Minnesota insurance exchange.

11/24/2014

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MNsure Enrollments, Renewals Approach 8,000

Minnesota’s health insurance exchange says it has enrolled nearly 8,000 Minnesotans in health plans in the first week of open enrollment this fall. MNsure says over 2,550 Minnesotans have used the exchange to enroll in new coverage or renew their coverage in private health plans since last Saturday.

11/22/2014

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MNsure Enrollment Process Better But Not Perfect

Minnesota’s health insurance exchange has seen a spike in consumer visits in its first workweek since open enrollment began last weekend but is handling the load well, officials said Wednesday. MNsure CEO Scott Leitz told the board of directors there had been no major technical issues and no unplanned downtime since the system went live Saturday morning for its second open enrollment season.

11/19/2014

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Executive: MNsure Signs Up More Than 500

The executive director of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange says a mostly problem-free weekend rollout netted more than 500 enrollees.

11/17/2014

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States Working To Fix Hobbled Health Care Websites

The state that served as a template for President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act had so much trouble coordinating with the federal government that it became a model of another sort: ineptitude.

11/16/2014

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MNsure’s Improved Open Enrollment Still Has Hiccups

MNsure calls Saturday’s open enrollment a big improvement from what happened last year.

11/15/2014

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MNsure Officials Say System Off To Smooth Start

Minnesota’s health insurance exchange is up and running and enrolling people in coverage on the first day of open enrollment. MNsure’s executive director, Scott Leitz, told reporters the system got off to a successful start Saturday morning without any major issues that they’re aware of.

11/15/2014

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MNsure CEO Says Site Is Faster And Ready For Open Enrollment

MNsure’s CEO, Scott Leitz, said at a news conference Friday that testing is going well for the state’s health care system. Enrollment starts Saturday at 8 a.m.

11/14/2014

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PreferredOne Customers Cautious About MNsure Enrollment

Connie Grover has been in the bar-and-restaurant business for more than 30 years. So she’s accustomed to sudden change. But she was stunned to get a letter from PreferredOne saying her monthly insurance rates are going up 160 percent. “I couldn’t believe how high the rate went,” Grover said. “I just couldn’t believe it.”

11/13/2014

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Audit Faults MNsure For Mistakes

An audit of MNsure found Minnesota’s Human Services Department made multiple mistakes verifying who’s eligible for which public health program. Legislative Auditor James Nobles said human services got it wrong at least 17 percent of the time. “We spent a lot of money, taken quite a bit of time now and we ought to be at a point where they can get it right — all the time, on every case,” Nobles said.

11/12/2014

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Audit Faults Minnesota Public Health Care Programs

Minnesota’s legislative auditor says the state Department of Human Services has failed to adequately verify the eligibility of people who enroll in public health care programs through the state’s health insurance exchange MNsure.

11/12/2014

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Dayton Says He Will Be ‘Unbound’ In 2nd Term

Minnesota voters gave Gov. Dayton a solid re-election victory. But unlike the last two years of Democratic dominance, Dayton’s fresh reality is a new Republican majority in the Minnesota House. “I’m proud to say that Democrats’ total control of state government in Minnesota is over,” said Rep. Kurt Daudt, the House minority leader. Exuberant Republicans will take back the House they lost just two years ago. That’s when they battled Gov. Dayton to a budget standoff, and a 17-day government shutdown — the longest in U.S. history.

11/05/2014

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MNsure Racing Toward Open Enrollment

With open enrollment just 10 days away, officials racing to get Minnesota’s health insurance exchange ready for its second act said Wednesday that there are risks ahead and they’ll need all the remaining time for final testing.

11/05/2014

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Daudt Puts Focus On Practical In Split Government

The leader of the House Republican majority-in-waiting says a detailed governing agenda will come later and the focus in the next two years needs to be on the practical.

11/05/2014

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1 Year Later, MNsure Remains A Hot Topic For Candidates

We’re a year into MNsure. The largest and cheapest carrier is out, the rates are going up and critics continue to call it a failure. What could this mean for the midterm elections? No matter how you feel about MNSure, it has provided for a lot of back and forth between the candidates this election season.

11/04/2014

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Audit Finds MNsure Missteps With Marketing Work

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.

10/28/2014

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