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Legislative Update (March 28, 2014)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Dear neighbor,

The enrollment deadline for MNsure – the Minnesota arm of Obamacare – is scheduled for Monday, March 31. This means that Minnesotans must select a plan and pay the premium in full to avoid penalties for not having health insurance. Recently, MNsure officials announced that Minnesotans have until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 31 to enroll or get “in line” for coverage. You can learn more on what qualifies as getting “in line” according to MNsure by clicking here.

Those who are unable to purchase insurance or get “in line” by the deadline face will financial penalties.

  • Minnesota families of four will have to pay $285 penalty for being unable to purchase insurance by the deadline. Starting in 2016 that penalty will increase to $695 per adult.
  • MNsure’s own economists estimate that nearly 50,000 Minnesotans will be fined.

Last week, MNsure released new enrollment numbers and claimed they were on the verge of reaching their goals. Current enrollment for commercial plans is 35,610 - in other words 87% below projections. When Democrats passed and Governor Dayton signed the implementation of Obamacare in Minnesota into law, they said 270,000 Minnesotans would sign up in the commercial market in 2014. We have yet to see enrollment numbers like that. If enrollment does not improve, healthcare premiums are likely to increase significantly.

With the legislature now in session, I can be reached via email at rep.steve.green@house.mn. To contact me by phone, call (651) 296-9918. Mail can be sent to Rep. Steve Green, 231 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, Minnesota 55155.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Steve

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