Talking Points: MNsure & The Governor’s Race

WCCO | CBS Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A major issue in this year’s governor’s race is the state health care exchange MNsure, and how it’s performing.

MNsure maintains it’s making progress in signing people up for health care. But the numbers are still far short of projections. And some are concerned that more taxpayer dollars will be needed, to subsidize the program.

This week, MNsure announced numbers it says shows the health exchange is on the right track. So far, 92,000 Minnesotans have purchased insurance through MNsure, but critics points out two-thirds of those signing up are enrolled in government subsidized program like Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare.

Only about one third signed up for private insurance plans — far below the projected numbers. That’s a problem because starting in 2015, money to fund MNsure is supposed to come from a tax on those private plans. If that trend continues, MNsure will face a substantial…

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