Minnesota state lawmakers will decide if online insurance marketplace needs top-to-bottom audit

The decision regarding a further investigation of MNsure's troubles is expected this week.

Minnesota Public Radio: Lawmakers To Decide If MNsure Gets Major Audit
A state legislative commission decides this week whether the state's new online health insurance marketplace, MNsure, should get a major, top to bottom audit. MNsure has received more than $150 million in federal grants and external reviews found poor management and serious software failures. While a change in leadership in December improved MNsure's operations many questions remain about the reasons for the site's troubled operations (Stawicki, 4/6).

In other Minnesota news -

The Star Tribune: Many in Minnesota's High-Risk Health Insurance Pool Find New Plans
Almost 62 percent of Minnesotans who had relied on the state's safety net insurance pool have found better health care coverage on MNsure or the individual market, far exceeding goals, officials at the organization said Friday. The high-risk pool is winding down operations and will close for good at the end of the year. Under the Affordable Care Act, such pools are less necessary because insurers now are required to provide coverage even to those who are already sick. About 9,000 people remain enrolled in the program, down from about 25,000 when open enrollment began under the new health law (Crosby, 4/4).

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