10/24/2013 10:14:43 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Relations Coordinator
ST. PAUL, Minn.-MNsure's Executive Director, April Todd-Malmlov, today announced that Minnesota has received a $41 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support the ongoing implementation of MNsure.
"These funds will allow MNsure to continue to operate and offer Minnesotans high quality health insurance at the lowest rates in the country," said Todd-Malmlov.
Minnesota submitted the grant application, originally for $45 million, in August of 2013. Grant funds will be used toward general operations, IT and related systems, technology-related costs including security training and system improvements, to evaluate future quality rating systems and consumer satisfaction surveys, and ongoing operations through 2014.
Beginning January 1, 2014, all U.S. citizens and legal residents will be required to have health insurance coverage. For those Minnesotans who are uninsured, underinsured or looking for new coverage choices, MNsure is a one-stop health insurance marketplace where individuals, families and small businesses will be able to get quality health coverage at the lowest rates in the country. MNsure will empower more than 1 million Minnesotans to compare, choose and get help finding health care coverage. It will facilitate enrollment in public and private health insurance, determine eligibility for premium tax credits and allow Minnesotans to shop and compare between health care coverage options.
Open enrollment through MNsure began October 1, 2013 and runs through March 31, 2014. For more information about MNsure, how it will benefit Minnesota consumers and businesses and how to provide input visit mnsure.org.