Potential MNsure Troubles as State Health Exchanges Lag on Enrollment Expectations

Updated: 02/10/2014 1:35 PM KSTP.com By: Megan Stewart

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More potential trouble for MNsure.

The plan is to have MNsure pay for itself by January of next year, but many health exchanges aren't meeting their enrollment goals and are casting doubts that enough people will sign-up to keep the exchanges running.

Minnesota, Oregon and Washington are just some of the states pledging to cut costs, if enrollment doesn't rise.

Insurance signups through Minnesota's health care marketplace continued to grow into February to more than 90,000 people, but enrollment continues to be weighted more toward public plans over private insurance.

On Tuesday, local OFA volunteers are holding an event to at the Washburn Library in Minneapolis. The purpose is to raise awareness about the health insurance program, as well as answer any questions or address any concerns that might be blocking people from enrolling.

More information about what could be in store for state-run exchanges is expected to be available after March 31.

That's the deadline for people to sign-up for insurance or face a penalty.