After two years marked largely by disappointment, lawmakers and health care experts are warily eyeing Minnesota’s health insurance exchange as it nears its toughest test yet.
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.
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.
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.
Minnesotans have until Feb. 15 to sign up for health care insurance or pay a tax penalty. And this year, that penalty could really sting. According to MNsure, the state’s health care exchange, the 2015 penalty for not buying insurance coverage is:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The executive director of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange says a mostly problem-free weekend rollout netted more than 500 enrollees.
MNsure calls Saturday’s open enrollment a big improvement from what happened last year.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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
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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.