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.
Open Enrollment Period For MNsure BeginsOpen enrollment for MNsure started Sunday and officials say it's off to a good start. The interim president of MNsure says they have had hundreds of calls come into their call center on the first day, which is about the same amount as last year.
Minnesota Republicans Call For An End To MNsureMinnesota Republicans are calling for an end to Minnesota's online health care exchange. Republican lawmakers met at the State Capitol on Monday to hold a news conference after 180,000 Minnesotans on MnSure had their renewals delayed last week.
MNsure Misses Mark For Health Insurance SignupsMNsure 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.
Key Deadline Caps Off MNsure's Smoother Year 2 StartA 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.
Next MNsure Enrollment Deadline Is Noon WednesdayMinnesota's health insurance exchange reminds residents that the deadline is noon Wednesday for enrolling in commercial health insurance coverage that takes effect Jan. 1.
Legislative Auditor Plans Extensive MNsure ReviewMinnesota'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.
MNsure Board To Get Update As Deadline LoomsThe board of directors of MNsure, the state's new health insurance marketplace, will be getting updates Wednesday as a Saturday deadline approaches for coverage that takes effect April 1st.
Budget Model Uncertain For State Health Exchanges The 14 states that are running their own health insurance marketplaces are supposed to pay for themselves starting next year, but there could be trouble ahead. The federal government covered start-up costs until the exchanges could get off the ground.