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Legislative update (Feb. 10, 2014)

Monday, February 10, 2014

Dear Neighbor,

While Minnesotans are struggling to get health insurance, MNsure continues to spend your hard-earned tax dollars recklessly. The Star Tribune reported that 14 MNsure managers received bonuses while the failed rollout of MNsure was occurring. It’s unconscionable to me that while people lose their healthcare coverage because of Obamacare’s implementation in Minnesota, those in charge at MNsure were being rewarded by the taxpayers – adding insult to injury.

At the most recent MNsure board meeting, the board voted to give the MNsure CEO authority to sign a 3-month contract worth up to $750,000 with vendor APAC Inc. for the call center. The MNsure Board has not identified exactly how exactly the $250,000 will be paid for each month.

Meanwhile, we are fewer than eight weeks from the IRS deadline for MNsure (March 31st) and enrollment in commercial plans continues to lag behind projections. Minnesotans who do not have health insurance will face IRS penalties.

As we endure freezing temperatures here in Minnesota, MNsure is continuing to leave hardworking taxpayers in the cold.

As, always, I’m interested in your feedback. Please feel free to contact me by e-mail at Rep.Peggy.Scott@House.MN or contact my office at 651-296-4231. You can also send me mail to my office address: 201 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155.