Online Health Insurance Exchange
Minnesota 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 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.
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.
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.
The 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.
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.