Health Care Overhaul


President Barack Obama signed the sweeping Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010. Since then, the law has withstood various legal assaults, including one leading to a landmark U.S. Supreme opinion affirming the law's constitutionality.

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  • Five MNsure promises: Has the agency delivered?
    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.October 17, 2013
  • MNsure releases enrollment numbers, still working on bugs
    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.October 16, 2013
  • MNsure after 2 weeks: How's it working?
    Elana Gravitz, Program Manager at Hennepin County Human Services Department sums up how many community organizations view MNsure, with a quick assessment: "Sometimes it works," she said. "Sometimes it doesn't work."October 15, 2013
  • Brokers: Website delay stalling MNsure enrollment
    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.October 11, 2013
  • MNsure working to reduce help center wait times
    Callers to the help center for the state's new online insurance marketplace are waiting on hold for an average nine minutes, longer than originally projected, MNsure officials said today.October 10, 2013
  • 8,000 MNsure accounts created so far
    MNsure officials say roughly 8,000 accounts have been created on the state's new health insurance marketplace as of Wednesday afternoon, but they will not disclose until next week how many consumers have actually enrolled in a health plan.October 9, 2013
  • One week after launch, a review of MNSure, national health exchanges
    We look back on the first week of health insurance exchanges. Did site glitches scare away potential buyers?The Daily Circuit, October 9, 2013
  • MNsure account verification problems to be fixed, officials say
    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.October 8, 2013
  • MNsure's intermittent problems continue for some users
    Days after Minnesota's online insurance marketplace had a less-than trouble-free launch, MNsure officials are betting that consumers will have a smoother experience this week. But the site is not in the clear yet.October 7, 2013
  • MNsure back online after maintenance
    The site went live last Tuesday afternoon and had logged about 5,000 new user accounts by Friday evening, but it had a rocky start.October 7, 2013
  • Insurance brokers look for relevance as health exchanges grow
    When states and the federal government rolled out online marketplaces to help people buy health insurance on Tuesday, you'd think that old-fashioned insurance brokers would have been worried. Many brokers work for small independent businesses. Are they at risk of becoming the next travel agents, whose ranks were thinned by online shopping?October 4, 2013
  • More problems with federal hub for MNsure
    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.October 4, 2013
  • MNsure not releasing enrollment numbers yet
    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.October 3, 2013
  • Feds ease restrictions that were causing MNsure lockouts
    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.October 3, 2013
  • How the health exchange rollout is going in Wisconsin
    None of Minnesota's neighbors — Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsins — have set up their own health insurance exchange like MNsure. All of these states are relying on the federal exchange, which was overwhelmed by demand yesterday.October 2, 2013

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The health care overhaul coverage team:


Elizabeth Stawicki, JD, Reporter
Elizabeth Stawicki

Elizabeth Stawicki, JD, covers health care reform for MPR News. Her reporting often appears nationally as part of collaboration between MPR/Kaiser Health News/NPR called, "Health Care in the States."

Catharine Richert, Reporter
Catharine Richert

Catharine Richert covers politics and health care for MPR News, and writes PoliGraph, a fact-checking feature that gets behind the spin in Minnesota politics.

Bill Catlin, Editor
Bill Catlin

Bill Catlin is an editor responsible for directing MPR News' business, economics, and Affordable Care Act coverage.