3/3/2014 10:14:43 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Jenni Bowring-McDonough
Media Relations Coordinator
ST. PAUL, Minn. - As open enrollment reaches its final weeks, MNsure is reminding Minnesotans about two important deadlines that impact when coverage will begin.
Saturday, March 15, 2014 - Plan selection and payment for the first month's premium is due on or before this date for coverage starting April 1, 2014.
Monday, March 31, 2014 - Plan selection and payment for the first month's premium is due on or before this date for coverage starting May 1, 2014. This is also the last day of open enrollment and the last day to enroll in health insurance inside or outside of MNsure without facing a tax penalty.
"Since October 1, more than 109,000 Minnesotans have secured affordable health insurance coverage through MNsure," said MNsure's interim Chief Executive Officer Scott Leitz. "I want to clearly define these critical, final deadlines so no Minnesotan is left without coverage for 2014, and I encourage anyone who needs coverage to explore what's available through MNsure, including the options for tax credits, low-cost or no-cost health insurance for those who qualify."
Both of these deadlines apply to individuals and families enrolling for the first time through MNsure. These deadlines do not apply to anyone currently covered. These deadlines also do not apply to Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare recipients or participants in the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP).
MNsure strongly recommends completing the application, plan selection and payment steps online, in one session, for the most expedited service. If consumers do not pay online, they will be billed directly by their insurance company, and can no longer pay MNsure for their first month's premium.