"MNsure will be very helpful for people who don't have health insurance today," said Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson. "It will also be a real option for people who are buying insurance on the individual market, especially for people who have pre-existing conditions and may not have access to affordable insurance before."
Dayton said a delay in the availability of the federal data hub until about dawn tomorrow will slow MNsure's opening.
Roundly criticized by many Republicans, the Affordable Care Act marks a milestone this week as state health insurance marketplaces begin enrollment.
As a result of a recent data breach, MNsure's executives were on the hot seat at a legislative oversight committee hearing today, trying to calm worries about the agency's ability to safeguard personal information.
Open enrollment on Minnesota's new online insurance marketplace, MNsure, won't begin until October first but state commerce officials say bogus websites that give the impression they're part of the new marketplaces have been appearing for months.
An employee of Minnesota's health insurance exchange no longer works there after releasing private information about insurance agents.
Groups chosen for federal grants to to help enroll people in MNsure are feeling pressure due to delays in accessing the funds. The compressed timeline, one group president says, is "disrespectful" to the organizations that will do much of the work helping more than 1 million Minnesotans get health insurance through the exchange.
Rulon Stacey, president of University of Colorado Health will take over as CEO of one of Minnesota's largest health systems.
The MNsure board voted unanimously on Wednesday to make available up to $750,000 in additional outreach grants. The move followed criticism the initial funding round skipped groups primarily serving African-Americans, who are more than twice as likely as white Minnesotans to lack health insurance.
Minnesota consumers will be able to buy a health plan for as little as $90.59 per month on MNsure, the new state health insurance marketplace.
MNsure doesn't go live until Oct. 1 but officials want to start answering Minnesotans' questions about the online health insurance marketplace now.
Thirty organizations will share in a $4 million federal grant to help Minnesotans find health insurance coverage on the new online marketplace, MNsure announced Friday.
Officials with MNsure, Minnesota's new online health insurance marketplace have lost their bid to temporarily keep their marketing and public outreach materials secret.
More than a million Minnesotans are expected to enroll in health coverage through MNsure, an online site that goes live in a little more than six weeks.
Officials with MNsure, the state's new online health insurance marketplace, will announce their new marketing campaign at a news conference Sunday.