4/23/2014 10:14:43 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Jenni Bowring-McDonough
Media Relations Coordinator
ST. PAUL, Minn.—MNsure today announced that 200,174 Minnesotans have enrolled in comprehensive, affordable health insurance coverage through the state health insurance marketplace.
"I'm proud to announce today that 200,174 Minnesotans have enrolled in health insurance through MNsure," said MNsure's interim CEO, Scott Leitz. "This number represents real people—some who finally have coverage despite preexisting conditions, parents whose children can be treated by a pediatrician, and individuals who would have been financially burdened without affordable coverage with a public program.
To date, MNsure has enrolled 50,096 Minnesotans in a qualified health plan, 41,403 in MinnesotaCare and 108,675 in Medical Assistance. MNsure's preliminary 2015 budget to the state legislature anticipated enrolling 50,518 people in a qualified health plan by December 31, 2014.
The 2014 open enrollment period ended on March 31. Most 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 who can currently enroll in health insurance—inside or outside of MNsure—are those who 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).