Glitch pushes back MNsure deadline

A computer glitch at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid has forced the postponement of a state deadline Friday connected to Minnesota's new online health insurance marketplace, called MNsure. Insurers now have an extra week to submit health insurance policies for approval to sell them on MNsure.

The state is already under a tight time crunch to complete the massive project by the Oct. 1 deadline to be up and running.

But the state Commerce Department says a computer system problem at the federal level means insurers can't complete all the required steps in time to meet the state deadline.

As a result, Commerce is giving health insurers until Friday, May 24 to file their plans. More than a million Minnesotans are expected to use the new marketplace to buy commercial health coverage or enroll in government plans such as Medicaid.

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