Deloitte Consulting blames the complexity on the state's choice to build the MNsure system with four "unique and independent" software products that are complex and present challenges to consumers.
Skeptics are questioning if Minnesota really needs the agency and its $100 million website. They note that about two-thirds of those who enrolled in plans using MNsure were already eligible for government insurance programs but just didn't know it or how to sign up.
A UnitedHealth Group study found the cost of cancer care dropped when doctors were paid a lump sum per case and were showed how they compared with others treating the same cancers.
Minnesota's Department of Human Services failed to send 16,000 notices to Minnesotans whose Medical Assistance applications are pending through MNsure, the state's online insurance marketplace.
The Supreme Court's ruling that companies whose owners have religious objections to a federal requirement that they provide contraceptives will not have to pay for it will affect at least seven Minnesota court cases.
"On average 200 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month surrounding the Fourth of July," said Minnesota Medical Association President Cindy Firkins Smith.
A U.S. Geological Survey hydrologist says most of the state is vulnerable to flooding at this point. Survey crews are out measuring river flows and stream gauges in the wake of the heavy rains that have caused flooding in many parts of the state. Here's an update on the impact of flooding around the state.
Despite a break in the rain Saturday, rivers are rising. Rep. John Kline visited flooded areas of his congressional district today. Officials say it's likely Minnesota will seek federal disaster aid. Meanwhile, Showboat will not go on in St. Paul because of the rising Mississippi.
There are dozens of gaps in the system and MNsure cannot reliably perform nearly two-thirds of the tasks needed for a "robust health insurance exchange," Deloitte Consulting said in its report released Wednesday.
About 180,000 Minnesotans have gained health insurance as a result of the law, mainly through enrollments in government-sponsored coverage such as Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare.
A watchdog agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will audit Minnesota's online health insurance marketplace to determine if its internal controls were effective in ensuring that individuals who enrolled in qualified health plans met federal requirements.
Minnesota Legislative Auditor James Nobles calls the federal directive "unprecedented." He said it is not an adequate substitute for a state review.
Erik Larson is the second high profile MNsure executive to leave in recent months. In May, MNsure's Chief Financial Officer Barb Juelich also stepped down.
Minnesota's health insurers submit their proposed premium rates to the state next month, and those rates are likely to be higher than last year.
Officials at St. Paul's Regions' hospital say the Memorial Day weekend typically kicks off the busy season for emergency rooms.