Last week we learned that MNsure now has a 180,000 case backlog of public-program enrollees who are unable to renew their health coverage. These glitches have left MNsure unable to send bills to thousands of people in order to pay their 2015 premiums, and MNsure is unable to check eligibility information for thousands more, some of whom may be receiving benefits improperly.
This is the latest in a long line of technical failures that have plagued MNsure since the beginning. That's why I was glad to see HHS Chair Matt Dean and Rep. Greg Davids call for a MNsure Legislative Oversight Committee meeting so we can begin to discuss a path forward and a transition away from the MNsure exchange. Due to the Supreme Court's recent Obamacare ruling, Minnesotans who are eligible for premium subsidies under the law are not in danger of losing support if we revert to the federal exchange. With upwards of $300 million already spent on MNsure why would we continue throwing good money after bad and not just switch over to the federal hub?
Here is a rundown and timeline of the recent glitches:
MNSURE’S FAILED RECORD: Timeline of the Past Year of Frustration for Minnesotans
Minnesotans deserve better. We can save the state money, and give citizens a better user-experience that MNsure has failed to deliver. It's time for the Governor and DFLers to join with us in these efforts and to be honest that the failed MNsure experiment that they brought to Minnesota needs to come to an end.
Have a great weekend,