Starting Oct. 1, Minnesota's uninsured individuals, families and small businesses will have access to health insurance through the MNsure exchange.
The options vary widely, with 141 plans for individuals and families and 63 plans for small businesses. The premiums are based on where you live, your age and if you smoke.
As the state prepares for the opening of the exchange, MNsure Executive Director April Todd-Malmlov joins The Daily Circuit to answer questions regarding the plans and how you can enroll.
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Uninsured Minnesotans in the Twin Cities can expect to pay as little as $91 a month for health care coverage bought through MNsure, the state's new online marketplace. (MPR News)
The federal health care law divides health plans to be sold on health insurance exchanges such as MNsure into four categories, which named after metals: bronze, silver, gold, and platinum -- the more precious the metal, the more generous the plan on average -- and the higher the premiums. (MPR News)
Executive director April Todd-Malmlov said the call center's opening was "an important milestone" toward the Oct. 1 launch, a key date in preparing for full implementation of the federal health care law next year. "It's very exciting to see something up and running after all the planning," said Todd-Malmlov, who spent the day monitoring the center. (Star Tribune)
State officials have said nine insurers have sought approval to sell health plans on the state's new online marketplace, MNsure. The state is required by law not to disclose the plans until they take effect in October, but it now appears three of the companies have submitted dental-only insurance policies. (MPR News)