Today’s health headlines:
- MNsure reports 3,700 Minnesotans are signed up for insurance
- Controversy still surrounds health insurance exchange
- New health care firm hired for inmate care
- ACA continues to present challenges and opportunities
Health news headlines from around the state to keep you informed. Follow us on Twitter @HealthInMinn
MNsure signs up 3,700 so far for health insurance (CBSLocal.com)
Minnesota’s health insurance exchange on Wednesday released its first data on enrollment, showing that two weeks into its launch more than 3,700 people have signed up for health insurance coverage.
It’s a relatively slow start to the state’s delivery system for increasing insurance coverage rates under the federal health overhaul. MNsure officials said 3,769 people have either finalized enrollment or are waiting for payments to be processed… Read More…
MNsure, the state’s health insurance exchange program, debuted the signup process on October 1. Officials during an October 4 conference call with reporters, including the MSR, estimated that 5,000 accounts were opened during the first week.
“We think it’s been going very well,” remarked MNsure Executive Director April Todd-Malmlov. She added that many people did “anonymous shopping” but did not disclose specific numbers. Read More…
New medical provider chosen for Minnesota prisons (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
The Minnesota Department of Corrections has hired a new firm to oversee medical care in state prisons, severing a 15-year relationship with a corporation that became the target of lawsuits and staff complaints alleging substandard care. Read More…
Affordable Care Act: changes, challenges and opportunities (Brainerd Dispatch)
On the insurance side of health care changes, insurance agents report confusion with changes, frustration in getting certified and an opportunity to insure people who previously were turned away.
Beginning with the new year, the Affordable Care Act requires all U.S. citizens and legal residents to obtain health insurance. States were able to create their own options and Minnesota created MNsure (MNsure.org). Read More…