Deadline Approaches for MNsure Enrollment

Last day to enroll is Wednesday, Dec. 20 to Receive Coverage By January 1st

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota residents who buy health insurance on the individual market have until Wednesday to enroll in the state-run health care exchange if they want to be covered by January 1.

The Pioneer Press reports that MNsure will have extended hours at its call center and a 24-hour online availability as the deadline approaches. Residents have until Jan. 14 to pick a plan, but coverage won’t begin until Feb. 1.

MNsure CEO Allison O’Toole says the state set up a 10-week enrollment window after consulting with providers and health care advocates. The federal health care exchange program was only open for six weeks.

Generations Health Care Initiatives helped about a thousand people in the Duluth area enroll last year and they’re at the Duluth Public Library every Saturday to assist in enrollments.

“Some of the language is confusing on the application and people want to make sure that they’re counting their income correctly, counting their family sizes correctly, don’t understand the plans that are being offered and want to ask questions. Those are some of the typical reasons we provide help,” said Megan Halena, Program Manager of Generations Health Care Initiatives.

MNsure officials believe the program will see about a 5 percent increase in customers this year.

The program allows Minnesota residents to get insurance on the individual market rather than through their employer.