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Two Weeks Left to Apply for Private Health Insurance During Special Enrollment Period

7/1/2021 10:00:00 AM


ST. PAUL, Minn.— Do you lack health insurance or are you currently enrolled in a health plan outside of MNsure? Don’t wait to act—you have until Friday, July 16, 2021, to apply and enroll in a plan this summer thanks to MNsure’s special enrollment period, designed to help more Minnesotans get the security of health insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To explore your options, visit and select “COVID special enrollment” on the homepage.

Health insurance is more affordable than ever for thousands of Minnesotans who enroll in private health plans through MNsure, thanks to the American Rescue Plan.

New benefits – available only through MNsure – include increased tax credits and cost-sharing reductions that can reduce your premiums as well as the amount you pay for health care costs. In addition, more middle-income Minnesotans who previously were not eligible for financial help are now eligible for these benefits. And if you received unemployment income at any point in 2021, you may be able to find a plan through MNsure with a premium as low as $0 per month. 

Minnesotans who received unemployment in 2021 may qualify for a new, 60-day special enrollment period, separate from the COVID-19 special enrollment, to shop for coverage through MNsure and take advantage of these new low-cost options.Current MNsure enrollees who qualify for an unemployment special enrollment period also have the option of changing to silver level plans, to access benefits only available at the silver level that greatly reduce out-of-pocket costs for in-network services. Find out more about the unemployment benefit through MNsure.

Not sure where to get started? Free help is always available through MNsure. Visit and select “Find free help.” MNsure’s statewide network of /help/find-assister/index.jspcertified assisters can walk you through the enrollment process in your preferred language.

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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