MNsure Bulletin: final 2018 rates announced & more

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MNsure Bulletin

October 5, 2017

Final 2018 Rates Announced

There is good news for Minnesotans who buy health insurance on the individual market: Premiums costs for 2018 are stabilizing with the help of a new state reinsurance program, and costs are decreasing in most cases.

The average statewide rate changes for 2018 range from a 38 percent decrease to a less than three percent increase.

Four health insurance companies, BluePlus, HealthPartners, Medica and UCare, will offer over 80 different health insurance plans through MNsure. Multiple health care plans through MNsure will be available in every county across the state.

"While premiums have stabilized this year, all Minnesotans should take a few minutes to visit and find out what their options are to save money," said MNsure CEO Allison O'Toole. "For Minnesotans that qualify for these tax credits, it can make big difference in their monthly budget."

Plan premiums and tax credit info will be available on starting October 16.

Get Ready for Open Enrollment

Open enrollment for 2018 starts in just a few weeks, on November 1.Save time later by taking action now. Here are some tips to get ready.

You can browse and compare 2018 private insurance plans starting October 16.

Advisory Committee Call for Applications

Applicants are being sought to fill open seats on MNsure's Consumer and Small Employer Advisory Committee and on its Health Industry Advisory Committee.

The advisory committees provide guidance, advice and recommendations to the MNsure Board of Directors as it carries out its mission.

Minnesotans interested in serving on these committees must submit a resume and a completed application by 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 12.

Free Help Available

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Hours: Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

2017 Coverage Still Available through Special Enrollment

Big life events like getting married, having a baby, or losing insurance due to a layoff could make you eligible to get health insurance for 2017. Go to our website for a list of qualifying life events and find out how to apply for a special enrollment period. In most cases, you must enroll within 60 days of the event.

If you qualify for Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare, are a member of a federally recognized Indian tribe, or are a small group employer, you can enroll through MNsure at any time of the year.

Upcoming Meetings

MNsure Board of Directors Meeting
October 18, 1–3 p.m.
81 East 7th Street, 1st Floor Atrium, St. Paul
This meeting is also being broadcast through live-streaming audio.

METS Executive Steering Committee Meeting
October 24, 10 a.m.–noon
Room 1100, Minnesota Senate Building, 95 University Ave. W., St. Paul​

Consumer and Small Employer Advisory Committee Meeting
October 24, 2:30–5 p.m.
UCare, 500 Stinson Boulevard NE, Minneapolis

Health Industry Advisory Committee Meeting
October 30, 2:30–5 p.m.
UCare, 500 Stinson Boulevard NE, Minneapolis

All of the board meetings can be attended in person and are available 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

"Minnesota individual health plan rates stabilize for 2018" (Minnesota Public Radio)

"Health premium prices to steady or decrease for 2018" (Mankato Free Press)

"Premiums declining, steady for plans via MNsure" (StarTribune)

"Minnesota Health Insurers Release Final 2018 Rates" (Associated Press)

"Individual health insurance news better than a year ago" (Bemidji Pioneer)

"Many Individual Health Insurance Rates Will Decrease in 2018 After Reinsurance" (KSTP-TV)

"Insurance rates tick up for small businesses, dip for MNsure" (Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal)

"Gov. Dayton makes second plea for MinnesotaCare" (StarTribune)

"Follow Minnesota's lead with reinsurance to stabilize health care premiums" (StarTribune editorial)

Stay updated on the latest MNsure news.