Legislative Auditor Talks to Oversight Panel about MNsure Review Plans

Updated: 04/09/2014 4:48 PM KSTP.com

Minnesota's legislative auditor told a MNsure oversight panel on Wednesday that his planned comprehensive review of Minnesota's health insurance exchange will look at problems that plagued the exchange website in its early days, and other issues related to the exchange's startup.

Jim Nobles told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS about his plans for the audit in January.
Nobles says he's gotten good cooperation from many MNsure officials so far, but noted that he has subpoena powers he can use if necessary.
Republican lawmakers who had hoped to use Wednesday's hearing to raise questions about what Dayton administration officials knew in the weeks before the launch, and when they knew it, say they're confident Nobles will do a thorough job.
Nobles says he expects to complete the review around the end of the year.

Meanwhile, MNsure officials say enrollment has risen to about 181,000 people as they continue to process applications that were started before the March 31 deadline. MNsure had already announced it beat its deadline last fall of 135,000 signups. They said then that enrollment would continue to tick upward.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.