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February 16, 2015
Audit of embattled MNsure to be revealed today
ST. PAUL — MNsure is about to get its report card, and the results might not be pretty. The embattled health care exchange endured high-profile tech problems and struggled to sign people up for private plans in its first year, though it did help hundreds of thousands of people...
February 16, 2015 - 9:42pm
February 15, 2015
GOP unveils MNsure plan
Republicans have wanted to get rid of MNsure since it launched, but with it firmly in place, at least some have turned their attention into making major changes instead of eliminating the health insurance sales program. One plan would confine MNsure to serving those on public health...
February 15, 2015 - 8:24pm
February 4, 2015
MNsure author wants reboot
ST. PAUL — The author of the controversial MNsure health insurance program is ready for a redo. Sen. Tony Lourey, D-Kerrick, does not want to overturn the mostly online health insurance sales service, as many Republicans suggest. Instead, he wants it transformed from being a...
February 4, 2015 - 9:07pm
February 3, 2015
MNsure offers multilingual enrollment events in Worthington as deadline nears
ST. PAUL — Minnesotans in the Worthington area searching for comprehensive, affordable health insurance have two upcoming opportunities Sunday and Monday to receive free, in-person assistance from Health Access MN and Western Community Action. Help will be available in Amharic,...
February 3, 2015 - 7:42pm
February 1, 2015
Act now on insurance
DETROIT LAKES — MNsure got off to a rocky start last year, but Minnesota’s health coverage website has improved considerably and people no longer need to fear computer glitches or long wait times on a telephone help line, according to MNsure Media Relations Coordinator Jenni Bowring-McDonough. “It...
February 1, 2015 - 9:29pm
January 20, 2015
MNsure hits 100,000 mark in enrollment for this year
ST. PAUL — MNsure hit the 100,000 mark of enrollees Tuesday as Minnesota continues to set state records for the percentage of people with health insurance coverage. Last year, the state-run health insurance program reached that mark Feb. 21. “As we enter the final weeks of this...
January 20, 2015 - 10:02pm
October 16, 2014
Johnson, Dayton trade jabs over jobs, insurance
ST. PAUL — With Election Day quickly approaching, Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton exchanged verbal jabs Thursday over health insurance rates and the state’s falling unemployment rate. A day after Preferred One, the top-selling insurer...
October 16, 2014 - 9:13pm
MNsure Navigators at Goodwill Saturday
WORTHINGTON — MNsure Navigators will be at Goodwill in Worthington from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. They can help with applications and/or answer questions related to eligibility for insurance through MNsure. For more information, contact Nobles County Community Services/Public Health,...
October 16, 2014 - 5:33pm
October 1, 2014
MNsure premiums to rise 4.5% next year
ST. PAUL — Premiums on the state’s MNsure health insurance exchange will rise in 2015, but they will still likely be the lowest in the nation. The Minnesota Department of Commerce announced Wednesday that the rates offered by the four insurers still participating in the exchange...
October 1, 2014 - 9:28pm
August 21, 2014
Letter: MNsure — a step forward for rural Minnesotans
A few weeks ago I drove to St. Paul to listen in on a MNsure oversight hearing. MNsure staff and board members reported on the real impact of the new program. Legislators from both sides of the aisle asked tough questions about the bumpy roll-out. The bottom line was undeniable: While...
August 21, 2014 - 5:58pm
July 16, 2014
MNsure report finds mixed results
ST. PAUL — The second phase of a consultant’s report sends mixed signals about the performance of MNsure’s information technology system. On one hand, MNsure has been failing to track all the defects with its website, with the new report tallying 399 open defects — much...
July 16, 2014 - 8:37pm
June 29, 2014
A tale of two health care exchanges
ST. PAUL — A year ago, Minnesota and Maryland were at a similar place in developing new websites for their health insurance exchanges. Both states were using a similar group of information technology vendors, and Minnesota and Maryland were helping each other by sharing code,...
June 29, 2014 - 7:25pm
June 15, 2014
Delaying transition for public-coverage holders could smooth process
ST. PAUL — Minnesota officials have slowed a massive transition of public insurance beneficiaries to the new MNsure system, but say the health insurance exchange still will meet projections for 1.3 million enrollees by 2016. As of May, the exchange had enrolled more than 200,000...
June 15, 2014 - 8:41pm
March 23, 2014
Can MNsure avoid repeat of deadline ‘nightmare’?
ST. PAUL — When Minnesota launched its new health insurance exchange Oct. 1, the problems came quickly. By late October, the error rate at the MNsure website peaked at 22 percent. In November, state officials started rerunning 30,000 applications because of a variety of problems,...
March 23, 2014 - 8:04pm
March 20, 2014
MNsure targets youth as deadline nears
ST. PAUL — It’s crunch time at MNsure. If people don’t get health insurance by March 31, they could face penalties under the federal Affordable Care Act. Plus, people who don’t meet the coverage deadline likely won’t have another chance to buy an insurance policy until...
March 20, 2014 - 9:39pm