MN insurance exchange info website launches

The state budget office has launched a website about how a health insurance exchange will work in Minnesota.

Officials project at least 1 million Minnesotans will use the exchange to comparison shop for health insurance policies or enroll in Medicaid starting in October. Until now it's been difficult to find complete information about this key part of the federal health care law.

State Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter said the site is a work in progress.

"What it does right now is give people a simple take on what the exchange can do for them; what some of the costs might be with the calculator; a nice little video to help explain what the exchange does; and ultimately, add ability for people to get insurance come next October," Schowalter said.

The site is designed to serve several constituencies, including individuals and families; small businesses; insurance agents and brokers, health plans and health care providers.

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