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MNsure exceeds enrollment goal by 34,000

Open enrollment for individual private insurance coverage ended March 31 in Minnesota. However, MNsure announced it would be flexible for consumers who made “good-faith” efforts to sign up. Those consumers who completed an “Enrollment Attempt Form,” but made no other attempt to sign up have until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, to select a […]

April 14, 2014

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DC Health Link enrollment deadline extended to April 15

The District of Columbia was an early adopter in moving to implement a health insurance exchange. Mayor Vincent Gray appointed the Health Reform Implementation Committee (HRIC) to begin work on a D.C. exchange in May 2011. The committee issued its final recommendations in October 2011.

April 10, 2014

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Deloitte Consulting rumored as choice to fix MNsure

Politics in Minnesota — MNsure has reportedly selected Deloitte Consulting to take over as lead IT contractor. A MNsure spokesperson said a contractor has been selected but won’t be announced until federal officials approve the selection. Seven submitted bids for the lead role.

April 10, 2014

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Hawaii Health Connector needs $14 million over two years

Associated Press —Hawaii’s dysfunctional health insurance marketplace needs an infusion of $4.7 million for 2015 and nearly $9 million in 2016. Interim executive director Tom Matsuda shared the budget projections during a legislative hearing.

April 10, 2014

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Delaware marketplace enrollment climbs above 11,000

Associated Press — The state’s Health and Social Services Secretary says 11,335 people have signed up for private health plans through the Delaware marketplace since Oct. 1. Another 3,411 people qualified for Medicaid.

April 10, 2014

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Nevada Health Link enrollment well below target; 60 day extension available

Nevada Health Link is offering an enrollment extension to residents who begin their enrollment by March 31 but are unable to complete it because of technical problems with the website.  Those applicants will have an additional 60 days to finish their enrollment and finalized their plan selections.  The exchange is hopeful that it can complete […]

April 9, 2014

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Insurers cool to proposed DC Health Link assessment

BenefitsPro — The governing body for DC Health Link has proposed a health carrier assessment fee to fund the marketplace. The fee would apply to all insurers operating in the District, not just those that sell health insurance policies through the marketplace. America’s Health Insurance Plans, the American Council of Life Insurers and the Self-Insurance […]

April 9, 2014

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In-depth MNsure audit approved by legislature

Pioneer Press — Jim Nobles, the state legislative auditor, announced that he has received approval to conduct a “comprehensive, in-depth evaluation of many issues” related to MNsure. Typically, legislative audits are limited to scrutinizing how state government agencies have managed finances. The audit will take several months, with a report not likely until near the […]

April 9, 2014

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Hawaii has nation’s lowest marketplace enrollment

Consistent with the federal marketplace and most state-run exchanges, Hawaii Health Connector is allowing consumers who started applications by March 31 extra time to complete them. Enrollment for MedQuest, Hawaii’s Medicaid program and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), continues throughout the year. About 7,900 Hawaiians selected a private health plan as of March 31. Based […]

April 8, 2014

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Idaho second in per capita marketplace enrollment

Enrollment for private insurance in 2014 ended March 31 in Idaho. However, consumers who started applications on HealthCare.gov by the deadline and self-reported they weren’t able to finish have until April 15 to complete enrollment. The extension is available in all states using HealthCare.gov for enrollment, which includes Idaho for the current enrollment period. People […]

April 7, 2014

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