MNsure officials said the site's technical problems can be traced back to software sold to the state by a single vendor, IBM Curam, which was never tested by the state before officials bought it for millions of dollars.
Anyone who signs up by Dec. 31 will have coverage starting on Jan. 1, 2014, says interim MNsure Executive Director Scott Leitz.
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Under current rules, consumers who use the MNsure site must pick a plan by Dec. 23 to be covered on Jan. 1.
Technological problems with the state's new online health insurance marketplace continue a few days before a critical deadline, prompting Gov. Mark Dayton to contact the Ireland-based contractor that has been the source of some of MNsure's most persistent problems.
April Todd-Malmlov, the head of Minnesota's health insurance marketplace resigned Tuesday after facing criticism over the troubled rollout and a questionably timed vacation in Costa Rica.
The trip came during a time when the insurance marketplace was continuing to struggle with technical problems. The two are involved in the implementation of the insurance marketplace website.
The U.S. Men's Curling team -- made up entirely of Minnesotans -- has qualified to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Initial numbers from the state's new online marketplace suggest that the site is attracting an unexpected audience: Those who already carry insurance coverage, but are looking for a better deal.
Insurance carriers selling plans on the new insurance marketplace say enrollment information they're getting from MNsure is inaccurate and incomplete - and that time is running out to fix these problems.
The number of people who are in the final stages of applying for health insurance through the state's new online insurance marketplace, has more than doubled since the beginning of November according to figures released today by MNsure.
Insurance purchased through MNsure is set to take effect the first of the year for Minnesotans who sign up by Dec. 23. But some people who have signed up before the deadline could still find themselves without coverage, officials say.
Minnesota is home to at least 83,000 uninsured immigrants who may be eligible for health coverage through the state's new insurance marketplace. But convincing them to use the new exchange is proving to be a communications challenge.
Gov. Mark Dayton has decided Minnesotans cannot keep health plans that are going away because of the Affordable Care Act.
The state Department of Commerce says it's not immediately clear how a revision to the federal health law will play out in Minnesota.
Higher-than-expected wait times at the MNsure call center have prompted the new insurance marketplace to hire extra employees.