MNsure: Nearly 50,000 signed up for Jan. 1 health coverage

Total enrollment in public and private health plans through MNsure jumped 32 percent between Dec. 13 and Dec. 16, the health plan exchange said Wednesday.

The total enrollment figure through Dec. 16 is 49,366, MNsure reported. Of those, 23,797 signed up for commercial plans, 7,681 enrolled in MinnesotaCare, and 17,888 signed up for Medical Assistance through the exchange.

MNsure officials applauded the numbers. "However, our goal remains to get every Minnesotan covered," MNsure CEO Scott Leitz said in a statement. "Five percent of Minnesotans still need health insurance, and we will continue to do all we can to make that happen throughout open enrollment and beyond."

Earlier this week, MNsure officials extended until Saturday the deadline for Minnesotans to enroll in a health plan through the exchange for coverage starting Jan. 1.

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