1/5/2015 10:14:43 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Jenni Bowring-McDonough
Media Relations Coordinator
ST. PAUL, Minn.-MNsure successfully enrolled 68,851 Minnesotans into comprehensive, affordable health insurance as of December 31, bringing to a close the deadline for January 1 coverage, MNsure announced today.
The MNsure IT system remained stable for consumers and provided a smoother consumer experience for the vast majority of shoppers.
"When I joined MNsure just over a year ago, I said on day one that my focus would be firmly on improving the consumer experience. MNsure has made tremendous strides as an organization, resulting in a vastly improved consumer experience-but open enrollment continues, as does our round-the-clock work to make enrollment easier for Minnesotans," said CEO Scott Leitz. "We continue to be dedicated to reaching those Minnesotans who still need the peace of mind that health insurance coverage brings."
The next deadline is January 15 for those consumers who need coverage to begin February 1. February 15 is the deadline for March 1 coverage and the final deadline to enroll during the regular open enrollment period. Minnesotans eligible for MinnesotaCare or Medical Assistance can enroll year-round.
As of December 31, preliminary numbers indicate 31,159 Minnesotans have enrolled into commercial coverage through MNsure. This number is expected to grow as passive renewals are added to the enrollment total. 11,152 have newly enrolled into MinnesotaCare, and 26,540 have newly enrolled into Medical Assistance. Updated MNsure enrollment numbers will be made public at MNsure board meetings or on previously scheduled weekly enrollment advisories.
A Year Makes a Critical Difference in Enrollment
Contact Center Managing Record-Setting Call Volume, Keeping Wait Times Low
Broker Walk-In Enrollment Sites Help More Than 1,000 Minnesotans Get Enrolled
MNsure Outreach and Enrollment Grantees Holding Hundreds of Informational and Enrollment Events Statewide
Consumers who have already enrolled and received an email confirmation from MNsure do not need to call to confirm their enrollment or take any further action until they receive information from their insurance company. Consumers will receive an invoice from their health insurance company and should pay the insurance company directly by the due date listed on the invoice.
Open enrollment for 2015 coverage began November 15, 2014, and ends February 15, 2015. Minnesotans eligible for Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare can enroll year-round. As of May 2014, 95 percent of Minnesotans have health coverage-the highest percentage in state history.