The website will be open for account creation and enrollment on Saturday but not on Sunday. MNsure's executive director, April Todd-Malmlov, says consumers will still be able to peruse health plans on the site Sunday but won't be able to create accounts.
MNsure officials say the federal government has eased security restrictions that locked people out of the state's new online health insurance site after they made unsuccessful attempts to create a new account.
MNsure officials say that consumers shopping for health care have created more than 2,500 accounts. But frustration about enrollment glitches for some is spreading to the health insurance industry and social service providers.
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.
"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.