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Governor Dayton signs legislation creating MNsure, pictured with the bill's chief authors Sen. Tony Lourey and Rep. Joe Atkins.On Wednesday, March 20, 2013, Governor Dayton signed House File 5 into law, officially establishing a state-based health insurance exchange for Minnesotans.

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The road to the bill signing was filled with extensive stakeholder input and debate. Countless hours and a wealth of knowledge was dedicated in the early planning stages by numerous individuals who served on the Advisory Task Force, Technical Work Groups and Inter-Agency Committees. At the legislature, the House and Senate bills were introduced by State Representative Joe Atkins (DFL - Inver Grove Heights) and State Senator Tony Lourey (DFL - Kerrick). The bills passed through 18 committees, had more than 150 amendments proposed and received 90+ hours of debate.

The Governor's signature of House File 5 was the final step in forming a Minnesota-based insurance exchange.

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