ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — 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.

MNsure has already extended the deadline twice to allow more time for people who are eligible for financial assistance. While open enrollment continues through Feb. 15, the deadline for completing the process for coverage that takes effect Thursday is noon Wednesday.

CEO Scott Leitz says he expects MNsure’s call center to be extremely busy Wednesday, so waiting times will increase despite the extra staffers who will be on hand.

Consumers who have already enrolled and received email confirmations from MNsure don’t need to do anything until they hear from their insurance companies.

Lower-income Minnesotans eligible for the public MinnesotaCare and Medical Assistance programs can enroll year-round.

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