Opponents of MNsure say that a plan on the new health insurance exchange will cost you more than your old plan. But comparing 2013 plans to 2014 plans doesn't tell the whole story.
Dayton put MNsure on the fast-track when he took office in 2011, but was far from a public cheerleader at the outset. He's clearly gotten more comfortable with the plan, but his recent comments are also a response to a brewing political battle over the exchange in next year's gubernatorial race.
People who have locked their credit reports may have trouble creating an account on the state's new insurance marketplace, MNsure officials said today.
The problems that have plagued the federal insurance marketplace in the last two weeks have not affected the system in Minnesota, said the head of MNsure.
MPR News went back into the archives to find five of the biggest promises MNsure officials made about the future site before its launch -- and gauged whether they've delivered on them.
Nearly 8,200 Minnesotans have completed the insurance application process after creating an account on MNsure. About one quarter of them had incomes low enough that they would qualify for federal subsidies to help pay for a commercial health plan. Nearly 3,800 people have enrolled in a plan.
That information is critical because someone hasn't officially enrolled in a plan until the insurance company processes the application. The system should be working at the end of this month.
Insurance agents are key contacts for Minnesotans trying to navigate MNsure. They make up most of the 1,600 MNsure-certified helpers. Agents, however, say there's little they can do until MNsure gives them access to the broker site.
A technical problem that has prevented many Minnesotans from enrolling in the state's new health insurance marketplace should be resolved later Tuesday, MNsure officials said.
For several hours this morning MNsure officials recommended that people hold off on trying to establish an account on the new health insurance marketplace. An alert on the MNsure website told people to come back in a few hours.
MNsure isn't releasing enrollment numbers yet. The hold-up stems from unresolved questions about how to define enrollment. Some people have paid for plans, others have just selected a plan.
MNsure officials have said a server problem that prevented some people from creating accounts on the system was fixed Tuesday and that more than 1,600 people have been able to create accounts since the site opened.
The massive, $100 million information technology project wasn't without glitches Tuesday afternoon. Most notably, the website wasn't always able to verify the identity of potential consumers.
The MNsure website is slated to open sometime this afternoon, though officials haven't said exactly when. The delay has to do with MNsure's connection to the federal hub, a database filled with citizenship, tax and income information that will be used to determine whether someone is eligible for government programs or subsidies.
Uninsured Minnesotans eager to check out health care coverage may have to wait just a little bit longer. The website for MNsure, the state's new online insurance marketplace, is scheduled to launch on Tuesday, but officials say it may not be available to the public until the afternoon.