MNsure News

Minnesota Gov. Cranks Up Pressure on Feds to Protect Health Programs

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton blasted federal health officials on Sept. 20 for holding up approval of a program meant to lower health insurance costs and threatening millions of dollars in cuts to health care for the working poor. State lawmakers …

Minnesota May Tap Rainy-Day Fund to Help Cover Insurance Hikes

Minnesota would use state money to offset the health premium hikes for more than 100,000 residents under a measure legislators were considering on Jan. 19, a novel approach as states across the country grapple with the rising costs and uncertain …

Health Insurance Relief a Challenge for Minnesota Lawmakers

Minnesota lawmakers scrambled on Jan. 10 to begin cobbling together a relief plan for residents facing massive health insurance premium hikes, but logistical hurdles and disagreements between the Republican-controlled Legislature and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton could make it weeks or …

Uncompensated Minnesota Hospital Care Costs Drop 17%, Report Says

A new report released by the state Department of Health shows the cost of uncompensated care at Minnesota hospitals has dropped nearly 17 percent since the federal Affordable Care Act was implemented. Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger said the drop is …

Minnesota Reports Rate of Uninsured Drops to Record Low

The rate of people in Minnesota without health insurance has fallen to a record low, state health officials announced. As of 2015, only about 4.3 percent of people in Minnesota lacked health insurance, a nearly 4 percentage point drop from …

After Call Center Delays MNsure Officials Vow to Hire Staff

Officials at Minnesota’s health insurance exchange, MNsure, vowed to beef up call center staff for the final weeks of open enrollment, hoping to reverse lengthy call delays in late December 2015 that hearken back to the exchange’s disastrous first year …

70% of MNsure Private Plan Shoppers Get Credits

Seventy percent of private insurance buyers this fall on Minnesota’s health insurance exchange have qualified for premium-based tax credits, a figure officials released on Dec. 9 as they brace for a rush of enrollments before the new year. The statistics …

MNsure Selects O’Toole to Head Minnesota Insurance Exchange

MNsure has tapped its interim leader to run the health insurance exchange permanently even though she didn’t apply for the job. The health insurance exchange’s board selected Allison O’Toole to remain at the helm. She was chosen over health care …

Nyquist Named Sole Finalist for Minnesota Health Exchange Post

Minnesota’s health exchange has named an experienced former insurance executive as the sole finalist to take over as the fourth CEO of the embattled, three-year-old organization. MNsure board members publicly identified Mark Nyquist as the lone finalist for the position. …

Insurers Pulling Policies Out of Exchange a Problem for MNsure

Minnesota insurers have routed thousands of customers away from MNsure, a financial boon for the companies but one that creates enrollment and revenue headaches for an exchange already confronting concerns about long-term solvency. After signing up customers on plans through …