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MNsure Enrollment Tops 180,000, Expected to Increase

4/9/2014 10:14:43 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Jenni Bowring-McDonough
Media Relations Coordinator
jenni.bowring-mcdonough@state.mn.us
651.539.1976

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Today, MNsure announced 181,357 Minnesotans have enrolled in quality, affordable coverage through MNsure, the state's health insurance marketplace. The growing numbers come from continued processing of "in line" applications, as well as Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare enrollments.

"Open enrollment for commercial health insurance ended on March 31, yet we continue to see hundreds of people enrolling in public programs through MNsure every day," said interim CEO Scott Leitz. "If you tried to enroll but did not complete the process before March 31, we will be reaching out to you soon to complete the process."

To date, MNsure has enrolled 47,697 Minnesotans in a qualified health plan, 37,050 in MinnesotaCare and 96,610 in Medical Assistance.

"Minnesota is the only state in the nation with a basic health plan like MinnesotaCare offered on its marketplace," said Leitz. "Along with Medicaid expansion, more Minnesotans can enroll outside of open enrollment through MNsure than in any other state. If you think you qualify, we urge you to fill out the application and get coverage."

The 2014 open enrollment period ended on March 31. Minnesotans who did not enroll in coverage must now wait until the next open enrollment begins on November 15, 2014, and may be subject to a tax penalty. The only consumers that can currently enroll in health insurance, inside or outside of MNsure, are those that experience a qualifying life event, those who are eligible for Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare, members of federally recognized Indian tribes, or participants in the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP). Consumers who began the enrollment process on or before March 31 may also complete their enrollment.

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