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Don’t Wait: MNsure's COVID-19 Emergency Special Enrollment Period for Uninsured Minnesotans ends Tuesday at Midnight

4/16/2020 10:00:01 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Uninsured Minnesotans have until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, to enroll in coverage through MNsure’s /new-customers/enrollment-deadlines/special-enrollment/covid19-sep.jspCOVID-19 Emergency Special Enrollment Period. Those who enroll through this SEP will have coverage that retroactively begins April 1. Minnesotans can shop and compare plans and see if they qualify for financial help to pay for their plan by using MNsure’s /shop-compare/compare/index.jspplan comparison tool.

"Don't delay. This special enrollment period for uninsured Minnesotans ends in less than a week,” said Nate Clark, MNsure CEO. "If you lose your employer insurance or have other qualifying circumstances, you can sign up for coverage year-round, but if you’re simply without health insurance coverage right now and want the security of knowing you’re covered during this uncertain time, come to MNsure.org to sign up."

All four medical insurance companies that sell private health insurance plans on MNsure are waiving co-pays, co-insurance and deductibles related to /shop-compare/about-plans/covid-19/index.jspCOVID-19 diagnostic testing and cost sharing for in-network COVID-19 hospitalization.

Have you lost or will you lose your employer-sponsored health insurance?

/new-customers/enrollment-deadlines/special-enrollment/sep-le/lost-coverage/index.jspMinnesotans who have recently lost or will lose insurance through their employer may qualify for a special enrollment period to enroll in a plan through MNsure. To enroll, individuals must contact MNsure and pick a plan within 60 days of losing employer coverage. To avoid a gap in coverage, Minnesotans can contact MNsure up to 60 days in advance of their employer’s plan ending to begin the enrollment process. This /new-customers/enrollment-deadlines/special-enrollment/about-sep/index.jspspecial enrollment period is available year-round to qualifying individuals.

Other qualifying events and coverage options

Minnesotans who experience another /new-customers/enrollment-deadlines/special-enrollment/sep-le/index.jspqualifying life event (such as marriage, birth or adoption of a child, or a move) may also be eligible to shop for coverage.

Low- or no-cost coverage is available through /shop-compare/financial-help/ma-mncare/index.jspMedical Assistance and MinnesotaCare for those who qualify. Enrollment in these programs is open year-round and provides comprehensive coverage. Members of a federally recognized /new-customers/who-can-enroll/american-indians/index.jspAmerican Indian tribe can also sign up at any time year-round on MNsure.org.

Where to find help

  • The /help/contact-us/index.jspMNsure Contact Center is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, at 651-539-2099 or 855-366-7873.
    • Extended hours—Contact Center open until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21
  • MNsure has a statewide network of /help/find-assister/index.jspexpert assisters who can help Minnesotans apply and enroll, free of charge.
  • MNsure's /help/contact-us/email-form.jsponline help tools can be used to access frequently requested services.
  • Special note: if you have questions on what your plan covers, or how to use your benefits at this important time, contact your insurance company.

MNsure is Minnesota's health insurance marketplace where individuals and families can shop, compare and choose health insurance coverage that meets their needs. MNsure is the only place you can apply for financial help to lower the cost of your monthly insurance premium and out-of-pocket costs. Most Minnesotans who enroll through MNsure qualify for financial help.

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