MNsure Drops Enrollment Expectations Again

Created: 02/27/2014 10:04 AM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

Guides work the phones Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, in St. Paul, Minn. for shoppers scrambling to finalize health coverage before the new year at Minnesota's insurance marketplace.
Guides work the phones Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, in St. Paul, Minn. for shoppers scrambling to finalize health coverage before the new year at Minnesota's insurance marketplace.
Photo: Photo: AP/Jim Mone, File

Minnesota's health insurance exchange has again trimmed enrollment projections while continuing to plan for looming budget problems.
    
MNsure reduced enrollment targets on Wednesday, the second time since January. The Pioneer Press reports that projections for commercial insurance enrollment in 2015 are about 25 percent below projections made in January.
    
Open enrollment under the federal health care law runs through March. MNsure's interim CEO says he's confident enrollment will spike that month, but the lower-than-expected private insurance enrollment is forcing MNsure officials to start looking for budget savings.
    
MNsure board member Tom Forsyth says it's looking like the exchange will have to find $2 million to $4 million in savings to make its 2015 budget work.

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