MNsure Bulletin: enrollment numbers, in-line extension & more

Special enrollment periods announced. Get the latest news & info from Minnesota’s health insurance marketplace.

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MNsure Bulletin

February 19, 2015

159,000 Minnesotans Enrolled!

On Wednesday, MNsure announced that 159,000 Minnesotans enrolled in quality, affordable health insurance coverage during the 2015 open enrollment period. This includes 60,092 qualified health plan (QHP) enrollments, 26,891 new MinnesotaCare enrollees and 72,017 new Medical Assistance enrollees. The qualified health plan total includes both individual and Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) enrollments.

These numbers are preliminary and are not yet final. We hope to have a more complete number in the coming days. In addition, we enrolled 7,674 Minnesotans in a “dental-only” plan during the 2015 open enrollment period.

Consumers "In Line" to Enroll have Extension

Minnesotans who were "in line" to enroll on or by February 15—those who began the enrollment process but experienced difficulty, preventing enrollment in time to make the February 15 deadline—will have their enrollments processed during a special enrollment period. This extension ends at 5:00 PM on Friday, February 20.

Who qualifies? Get more details here.

Special Enrollment Period for Those Facing Tax Penalty

In an effort to raise awareness and lessen the tax burden for some Minnesotans, we are offering a special enrollment period for individuals who are required to pay a penalty for being uninsured in 2014 as they file their 2014 tax return. This period will run March 1 to April 30, 2015.

Individuals will still be responsible for the 2014 tax penalty, but this period will help eliminate or minimize 2015 tax penalties for those who enroll. Coverage would begin on April 1, May 1 or June 1, 2015, depending on timing of enrollment.

Special Enrollment for Qualifying Life Events

The 2015 open enrollment period is now closed, but you still may qualify for 2015 enrollment in a qualified health plan if you have experienced a life event such as having a baby or moving. Go to our website for a list of qualifying life events.

Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare recipients, members of federally recognized Indian tribes or participants in the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) may enroll year-round.

Get Help

Call the Contact Center at 1-855-366-7873
Open Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM, and Saturday – Sunday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM.

Get free face-to-face assistance with enrollment

Upcoming Meetings

MNsure Board of Directors Meeting
March 12, 12:00 – 3:00 PM
81 East 7th Street, 1st Floor Atrium, St. Paul
This meeting is also being broadcast via live-streaming video.

All of the Board Meetings can be attended in person and are also available to view online. MNsure is committed to accessibility and provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities. Please submit your specific request for reasonable accommodations to at least two weeks in advance of the event date. We appreciate your interest in MNsure.

In the News

Outreach breaks barriers” (Minnesota Daily)

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