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MNsure Seeking Proposals for Consumer Assistance Grants

5/28/2013 10:14:43 AM

MINNESOTA MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: John Pollard
Legislative and Communications Director
651-201-8039

ST. PAUL, MN- Commissioner Jim Schowalter announced today that MNsure is seeking proposals from interested entities to perform consumer assistance on behalf of MNsure. The grants will fund outreach, public education, and infrastructure for entities to help Minnesotans understand and enroll in health care coverage through MNsure.

"Through one-on-one, personalized service, Minnesotans will better understand the benefits of MNsure and how to take advantage of them," said Commissioner Jim Schowalter. "Some Minnesotans will qualify for a low or no-cost health plan through MNsure," added Schowalter.

MNsure will offer three types of grants: outreach and infrastructure, infrastructure-only, and outreach-only grants. $4 million is available for organizations to put the pieces in place to educate the public and facilitate enrollment through MNsure. Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to, community organizations, nonprofits, chambers of commerce, and others. Grantees will be trained and certified through MNsure.

"Minnesotans will have the opportunity to get the assistance they need from trusted resources in their community and this RFP will help entities prepare to provide that assistance," said April Todd-Malmlov, Executive Director of MNsure.

MNsure's Consumer Assistance Partners are made up of three types of entities: Navigators/In-Person Assisters, Certified Application Counselors, and Agents/Brokers. /about-us/assister-program/index.jspMore information.

MNsure is a one-stop health insurance marketplace where individuals, families and small employers will be able to get quality health coverage at a fair price. MNsure will facilitate enrollment in private insurance products and public health insurance, calculate eligibility for financial assistance to lower premiums, and allow Minnesotans to shop and compare between insurance products.

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