House Panel Votes to Disband MNsure

Decision Made After Story of Death

The debate over MNsure’s future is taking an emotional turn.

A House panel voted Monday to abandon MNsure and move to the federal exchange by 2017.

That decision came after one man blamed the exchange for his wife’s death from cancer earlier this year.

Charlie Dunker of Jackson says his wife, Gail Dunker, died due in part to struggles finalizing MNsure coverage.

Dunker says the confusion left them without insurance and made it hard to book appointments.

MNsure calls her death tragic but says it can’t comment on private information.

Other people told lawmakers MNsure saved their lives.

Rep. Matt Dean’s bill goes the farthest among several Republican proposals to change MNsure.

No Democrats on the committee voted for it.

Gov. Mark Dayton has proposed a study of MNsure’s viability. 

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